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Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but partially

All skin colors can develop skin cancer but it is most common in lighter skin individuals .
Skin cancer is less common in africans although they do develop skin cancer occasionally on the lip and sole and palms where there is less melanin. Even darker skin individuals should be examined as part of their exams for signs of skin cancer.

In brief: Yes, but partially

All skin colors can develop skin cancer but it is most common in lighter skin individuals .
Skin cancer is less common in africans although they do develop skin cancer occasionally on the lip and sole and palms where there is less melanin. Even darker skin individuals should be examined as part of their exams for signs of skin cancer.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: To an extent

People with less melanin or very pale skin are at generally higher risk of getting skin cancer, particularly with extensive sun exposure.

In brief: To an extent

People with less melanin or very pale skin are at generally higher risk of getting skin cancer, particularly with extensive sun exposure.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: No

Melanin is a pigment contained by many skin cells, especially dark-skinned individuals.
Melanin is protective of melanoma skin cancer, but by no means prevents it. There are many dark-skinned patients with melanoma!

In brief: No

Melanin is a pigment contained by many skin cells, especially dark-skinned individuals.
Melanin is protective of melanoma skin cancer, but by no means prevents it. There are many dark-skinned patients with melanoma!
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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