130,000 malignant melanomas occur globally each year. And while skin cancer is more common in fair-skinned people, it can occur in skin of any color.
People at higher risk for damage from UV radiation:
- Live in equatorial regions, or
- Live at high elevations, or
- Routinely spend time on reflective surfaces (e.g., snow)
The fairer your skin and the more intense the UV radiation where you are, the more preventive steps you should take to protect your skin and eyes.