Moles On Black Skin

November 11, 2011

Moles On Black Skin

African American skin is exceptional from other types of skin due to the darker pigmentation. If you have darker skin you are less likley to develop skin cancer because your skin is naturally more protected from the sun’s UV rays due to this pigmentation. Nonetheless, people with dark skin tone still need to be aware that they can develop skin cancer. It is important to be conscious of your skin and watch out for any unexpected growths such as dark moles or spots. Because people with dark skin presume that they will not get skin cancer, they may actually be more at risk of developing it by not checking for irregular moles as they should.

Skin cancer is not only a white person’s disease, and black people should check their moles through the following method:

Do regular inspections. Check all of your moles every six weeks. Go to a dermatologist once a year to have a full body check. Know your moles. Remember where they are, their size and color, that way if there is a change in your mole you will notice it immediately. Take pictures. It may help to remember and check your moles if you take pictures of them, That way you can confirm or disprove any changes that you think you have noticed by comparing your mole with a previous picture. Beware of black moles: see your doctor if you notice a black lesion. Check hidden spots on your body. You may think you are protected from skin cancer because you have black skin, but you are not. Likewise, you may think that you won’t develop cancer in areas of your body like the soles of your feet or your scalp, and this is also not true. Black men who wear their hair very short or shaved should be aware that checking their scalp for moles is a good idea.

People with black skin may notice that moles appear differnelty on them than people with white skin. Moles can be far darker in colour and a number of other pigment problems may occur on black skin. According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), ‘flesh moles’ appear more frequently on African Americans, and most cases are in woman. These moles are tiny, dark spots that show often on the cheeks. There is no threat of skin cancer involved with flesh moles, even though many people wish to have them eliminated.

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