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Practice Gaps
July 2011

Need for More Education for Latinos Regarding Sun-Safe BehaviorsComment on “Preliminary Evidence for Mediation of the Association Between Acculturation and Sun-Safe Behaviors ”

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(7):820. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.146

Comprising 15% of the US population and growing faster than any other ethnic category, Latinos are experiencing an increasing incidence of melanoma. Individuals with high socioeconomic status (SES) account for more than 50% of all melanoma cases among non-Latino whites (NLWs); however, individuals with low SES account for the largest number of melanoma cases among Latinos.1 Thus, a need exists for effective primary prevention public health programs targeted to Latinos with low SES.