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Are African Americans less likely to develop melanoma than Caucasians?

Skin cancers comprise a rare 1 to 2% of all cancers in African Americans, yet the death rate is most fatal, since many assume natural protection, and aren’t diagnosed with melanoma until it’s too late. Today, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the melanoma survival rate for African Americans is 77 percent, as compared to 91 percent for Caucasians.

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