Skin Cancer Prevention Among Hispanics: a Review of the Literature

K. A. Miller, G. K. In, S. Y. Jiang, O. Ahadiat, S. Higgins, A. Wysong, M. G. Cockburn

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Purpose of Review: We review the existing scientific literature regarding skin cancer in Hispanics to aid in formulating a research agenda for prevention targeted to this at-risk population. Recent Findings: Hispanics are a diverse population with a rising incidence of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics have poorer disease outcomes and higher rates of acral lentiginous melanoma, an aggressive subtype. Hispanics practice suboptimal sun protection and skin surveillance behaviors and experience rates of sunburn comparable with non-Hispanic whites. Despite these risk behaviors, little skin cancer education and prevention has been targeted to this population. Summary: Further research is warranted to understand the interplay of biological, psychosocial, cultural, and health care factors influencing skin cancer prevention behaviors and outcomes in Hispanics. We recommend future investigation into the histological, sociocultural, and health care differences and disparities among Hispanics and within subpopulations to develop tailored, culturally informed prevention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Dermatology Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Hispanics
  • Latinos
  • Melanoma
  • Primary prevention
  • Secondary prevention
  • Skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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