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New Study Out On Skin Cancer In Hispanics

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
May 21, 2012

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With cancer, the rule of thumb is “early detection saves lives.” Skin cancer or melanoma is no exception.

But Dr. Elliot Coups, a behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, says less than 10 percent of Hispanics are getting the full body checks essential to preventing and curing skin cancer.

He says some people he’s interviewed didn’t even know it was possible for them to get the disease.

“And some of them say, well, anytime I’ve heard of someone diagnosed with melanoma it was not a Hispanic person, it was someone who was non-Hispanic/white.”

Dr. Coups believes more needs to be done on the part of doctors and public health officials to reach out to the Hispanic community about the importance of getting skin exams…

“And engaging in a variety of protective behaviors such as using sun screen on a regular basis, staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day…”

He says this multi-pronged approach will save more lives.

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