Skin Cancer Survivor Tells Black Women: “It Can Happen To Us Too”

By Victor Trammell

Black people often believe the big misconception that skin cancer does not affect people of color. However, this commonly accepted myth is far from the truth.

Not only does skin cancer occur in black people, the five-year survival rate for the disease is only 69 percent for blacks compared to 93 percent for whites, according to

“Squamous cell carcinomas in blacks tend to be more aggressive and are associated with a 20-40 percent risk of spreading,” read a blog post on Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer.

Jacqueline Smith (pictured) is a skin cancer survivor who was profiled by Radio/Interactive One’s In her exclusive interview with the website, Smith talked about her skin cancer diagnosis, which she first received at the young age of 22.

“I had this lump in my bikini line that wouldn’t go away. I went to the doctor at school and was told that it wasn’t a big deal and that it was probably an ingrown hair. One doctor told me that I just had an inflamed lymph node and that if it wasn’t bothering me then I shouldn’t bother it,” Smith told Hello Beautiful.

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