Skin Cancer Meets Racism

Welcome to the 21st century where, as it turns out, the world has witnessed racism reaching a whole new level. Surprisingly, racism is not just restricted to issues like income inequality and unemployment but also it’s been known to have had strong ties with the health sector.

You would be disappointed to know the low percentage of colored population that could be treated by the dermatologists in the United States. Turns out, only few program directors and chief residents have basic knowledge of treating black people i.e., no more than 50%. This is wrecking news for the black population since they are far more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma that has been highlighted as the most hazardous type of skin cancer. According to stats, the risk of melanoma is four times higher in black people than in white people. Additionally, the survival rate for black people with melanoma is only 70%, as compared to 93% for whites.

The stats are further disappointing as only one in 10 dermatology residencies in the country include rotation that provides doctor-interns expertise in treating patients with different skin colors.

If not treated properly, melanoma has the tendency to spread to various parts of the body where it’s highly unlikely to be detected, eventually causing death of the patient. It is one of the fastest growing cancers in humans.

In a world where the barriers between black and white people are being brought down, there is a much greater chance of them intermingling. This would only lead to a rise in the population being diagnosed with skin cancer and would be a health destructing factor for the upcoming generation.

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