April 2013

A Cautionary Note on Melanoma Screening in the Hispanic/Latino Population

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dermatology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(4):396-397. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1940

The Hispanic/Latino population is considered the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, accounting for 16% of the US population (48 901 000 persons), with a projected increase to 25% by 2050.1 Cutaneous melanoma continues to be a public health problem worldwide, affecting not only white populations but also other ethnic groups, including the Hispanic/Latino population. In fact, an increase in the incidence of melanoma has been observed in this population, prompting advocates to suggest better public health awareness, implementation of primary and secondary prevention strategies, and increased skin cancer screening efforts.24

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