Skin cancer only occurs in people who have skin.
can occur in *anyone*.
Melanoma is around 20 times more common in white folk than in African folk, but obviously that means it *can* still occur in dark people and everyone in between.
It's more common in older people than younger people, but it *can* occur in younger people, and if young people aren't aware of this, they may not recognise a melanoma early enough to get it out quickly.
Even children can get melanoma (albeit rarely, thankfully).
See my photo? Fair skin, green eyes. I had a melanoma at 38, and I am not a wizened surfer.
But I *did* cop a few big sunburns, to the point of blistering, most years during my childhood. It was the 60s and early 70s - my parents didn't know any better. And it turns out that episodic severe sunburn in childhood is a bigger factor in causing melanoma than total sun exposure per se. (Total sun exposure relates more to NMSC or “non-melanoma-skin-cancer”).
Another myth about melanoma is that is tends to occur on the backs of men and the backs-of-legs in women: but the reality is that, whilst the back is the commonest site in both genders, melanomas *can and do* occur *anywhere*, (doctors: see p 917 of the 6th edition of the big Fitzpatrick's textbook, or page 305 of the 5th edition of Fitzpatrick's colour atlas and synopsis. A study of 731 melanomas and their distribution.)
Legs, arms, chest, belly, hands, feet, face: all common sites for melanoma.
So: who is at risk?
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