The Importance of Recognition of the Skin Cancer Risk of Native Americans: A Call to Action

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Ajay Kailas
James A Solomon
Darrell S Rigel
Eliot Mostow
Amy J McMichael
Ellen N Pritchett
Diane Jackson-Richards
Seemal R Desai
Susan C Taylor


Native American, Healthcare, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Underserved, Call to Action


Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer affecting a significant part of the U.S. population. People of color are more likely to face lower survival rates from melanoma and are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage. Efforts to combat this have largely focused on Asian, Hispanic, and African American patients. Native Americans have been unfortunately excluded from such studies. This article is a call to action and is an effort to raise awareness for Native American inclusion in future skin cancer studies so their skin cancer knowledge and risk can be appropriately ascertained.


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