How does melanoma affect Hispanic people?

Jenny C. Hu, MD
Whites are at the highest risk of getting melanoma. The risk for Hispanics is only four per 100,000, while for blacks, Asians and Pacific Islanders, only about one in 100,000 will get melanoma in his or her lifetime.

Even though Hispanics have such a low rate of melanoma, when they do get melanoma it tends to be on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands, which don’t get sun exposure. These people tend to get thicker, more aggressive melanomas and more late-stage melanomas that spread to different parts of the body. Hispanics who develop melanoma have a much higher risk of it having already metastasized to other parts of the body by the time of diagnosis.

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