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Can people with darker skin get squamous cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

It's possible for people of any skin type and color to develop squamous cell carcinoma. However, it's much more common among people with fair skin than people with dark skin. This is because darker skin contains more pigment to protect from UV rays. It's still important for people of all complexions to check their skin regularly for any symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma.

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