Skin Cancer Screening Does Little To Improve Melanoma Outcome Disparities

Source: Dermatology Times, August 2023

In ethnic and racial minority populations, more than 12,000 standard skin cancer screenings would be done to identify 1 case of melanoma, according to a recent study.

Alternative approaches to routine skin cancer screening in patients of racial and ethnic minority groups may help improve disparities in melanoma outcomes, according to research published in JAMA Dermatology.

Although rates of melanoma are higher among non-Hispanic white individuals, people of color are much more likely to die from the disease. Research has shown that the 5-year survival rate for people of color with melanoma is 70%, compared to 92% in non-Hispanic white patients.