Recently, I tried to find information about skin cancer and African Americans on cancer.gov because I found an abnormal spot on my foot...and I couldn't find anything other than the fact that I was at low risk. None of the photos showed what skin cancer could look like on darker skin or how I should screen differently. Eventually after a search on WebMD, I went to a dermatologist anyway, who suggested it be biopsied because the spot looked malignant. Others may not be so lucky.
Since Cancer.gov is a Federal, national organization, it's important that it serves all American audiences with the information that we need. If there are differences in prevention, screening, or treatment for cancer in terms of African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, or other populations, we need to know. It could save or improve lives. To improve cancer.gov, be sure to include more content on these issues.
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