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Skin Cancer and Photoprotection in Skin of Color: Recommendations for Prevention, Education and Early Diagnosis
Monday, March 04
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD
- Vincent Anthony DeLeo, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Discuss the epidemiology of skin cancer in skin of color.
- Identify the clinical features of skin cancers in skin of color patients and distinguish the prominent differences in clinical presentation among all skin types.
- Recognize the importance of photoprotection being mindful of vitamin D synthesis for skin of color patients.
Skin cancer is less prevalent in skin of color than in the white population. However when skin cancer occurs in non-whites, it often presents at a more advanced stage, and thus the prognosis is worse compared to white patients. This session will address the increasing incidence of skin cancer in patients of color and point out the similarity and differences in clinical features of skin cancers in all skin types. The importance of optimized photoprotection practices for prevention of skin cancer and vitamin D synthesis and intake in the skin of color populations is covered. Furthermore, the session will provide recommendations for clinicians on education, prevention, and early diagnosis of skin cancer, which will lead to reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with skin cancer in patients of color.