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According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it doesn’t matter if you have light skin or dark skin – anyone can get skin cancer.

Although skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages, the NCI says. In fact, studies show when African Americans and other minority Americans are diagnosed with melanoma – the more sever form of skin cancer – it is usually at a later stage when the disease is harder to treat.

For more information on how to treat you and loved ones from skin cancer, the NCI has created a brochure that contains the facts you need. To order Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer, call 800-4-CANCER (422-6237) or click here to download a copy.

And for more information on multicultural cancer prevention, visit www.cancer.gov/lifelines.

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