Think skin cancer is not your problem? Think again.
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not just white people who are at risk for skin cancer. “The most common question I get from patients is, ‘Why did I get skin cancer if I’m brown?” says Puerto Rican dermatologist Maritza Perez, an associate clinical professor at Columbia University in New York. “They’re totally in shock.” That supposed immunity is just one of many popular misconceptions, says Dr. Perez, who helps us separate fact from fiction by debunking five common myths: