Today's Date: April 14, 2021
Women's Business Council - Southwest Holds Virtual Event with Resources for Women-Owned Businesses   •   The General® Insurance and Shaquille O’Neal Champion Communities in Need in New Bleacher Report Video Series “Sh   •   P&G Declares Dividend Increase   •   'First Colors' Ceremony with pre-recorded remarks by President Biden to mark opening of National World War I Memorial   •   ST Math and MIND Research Institute CEO Brett Woudenberg Named 2021 EdTech Awards Finalists   •   The Milwaukee Public Museum and America's Black Holocaust Museum Invite You to Take a Journey Through the Life of Nelson Mandela   •   First National ‘Mental Health Action Day’ to Drive People to Take a First Mental Health Action for Themselves or Oth   •   BNC Announces the Appointment of Mark Garner to Its Board of Directors   •   AmeriHealth Caritas Selected to Serve Ohio’s Medicaid and CHIP Populations   •   Televisa to Merge its Media, Content and Production Assets with Univision in Landmark Transaction, Creating the Premier Global S   •   Dr. Brent Moelleken Featured on Impact Podcast   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Slams Lack of Transparency and Clear Conflicts of Interest in Rece   •   The Westmore Senior Living Celebrates the 103rd Birthday of Resident Theda J.   •   Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Slams Lack of Transparency and Clear Conflicts of Interest in Recent Chancery Court Nominat   •   Next Wave Impact Announces Semi-Finalists for 2021 Founders of Color Showcase   •   The 9 'VETERAN BASICS' to Winning Employment; A How To Guide for VETS to a Successful Job Search Mindset   •   Endo Announces Publication of Phase 3 Qwo® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) Data in Peer-Reviewed Dermatologic Su   •   Intellitec Solutions announces QuickStart for Senior Living to serve Long Term Care Communities   •   Visionary Leader Taifa Smith Butler Named President of Demos   •   carafem Introduces “Cara,” First Virtual Assistant to Facilitate Abortion Care via Telemedicine, With Increased Acce
Bookmark and Share

Most Black Adults Skip Sun Protection, Study Suggests

 

 

 

 

Newswise — Only about 31 percent of African-American adults engage in at least one form of sun protection behavior such as wearing a hat, while 63 percent never use sunscreen, according to a new study.

Melanoma is more than 10 times higher in whites compared to blacks, but over a five-year span, blacks have a 78 percent lower survival rate compared to 92 percent of whites, according to study background material. One reason might be that melanoma in blacks usually is first seen when in an advanced stage, the researchers suggest.

Latrice Pichon, Ph.D., of the school of public health at the University of Michigan, led the study, which appears online and in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers sent a survey to 2,187 adult African-Americans living in California between 2006 and 2008. Participants reported whether they had sun-sensitive skin and if they used sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.

The study identified disparities in sun protection behavior by sex, socioeconomic status and sun-sensitivity.

“The findings may point to potential places to intervene in the future,” Pichon said. “We can use these data to design sun-safety programs tailored to subgroups of African-Americans, particularly men, and those who have low income and education.”

“One problem I see with the study is that a significant number of melanoma cases when left alone do not progress,” said Otis Brawley, M.D., medical oncologist, cancer epidemiologist and chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “However, we don’t have a test that says which melanoma, if left alone, will regress or go away.”

Brawley said many dark-skinned blacks do not worry about protecting their arms, legs and trunk from the sun and that might not be a bad thing. “In my 25-year career, I have almost never seen melanoma in blacks (Brawley is African-American) except on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, nail beds and sometimes on the scalp.”

Still, Brawley said he gives the same advice to light-skinned blacks as he does to white patients. “When people with a light complexion type go out in the sun, they need to use sun protection to avoid getting sunburned.”

Pichon said that to follow up on the study findings, “Next steps would include conducting interviews or focus groups with African-American adults to explore cultural and historical influences on sun protection behavior.”

 

American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Contact the editorial office at (858) 534-9340 or eAJPM@ucsd.edu.

Pichon LC, et al. Prevalence and correlates of sun-protection behavior among African Americans. Am J Prev Med 38(3) 2010.


Source: Health Behavior News Service


STORY TAGS: black, african, american, sun, protection, cancer, survival, rate, black health, risk, illness, treatment, sickness, tumor, skin cancer, skincare, skin care, skin, care, uv, sun, screen, sunscreen, minority news, black radio network



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News