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Melanoma in People with Darker Skin

Melanoma in People with Darker Skin By: Hanna Sutton Melanin is the brown pigment responsible for giving African Americans their darker complexion and for giving most Caucasians tan skin when they are exposed to sunlight. Increased melanin production in African Americans offers some protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, but more melanin does not…

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Molluscum

Molluscum Hannah Caroompas Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that, as the name suggests, is contagious. The appearance of bumps that are often flesh colored or pink, dome shaped, and have a dimple in the center are the only symptom of infection. It can take several weeks for a person to begin showing the symptoms from…

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Risk of Skin Cancer

Risk of Skin Cancer Lauren Fanta If you have a history of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), it may have been a huge relief to hear the diagnosis was not malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma accounts for less than 1% of skin cancer cases, but makes up the majority of skin cancer…

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