Some African American racial essentialists promote a bunch of pseudo-scientific gobbledygook about melanin. Melanin is a hormone produced by cells in the skin called melanocytes.It gives color (pigment) to hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. It provides some protection again skin damage from the sun, and the melanocytes increase their production of melanin in response to sun exposure. This is a valuable job, but this is all it does. Following in the footsteps of white racial scientists at the turn of last century, a few deluded black social scientists are trying to assert black supremacy by attributing all sorts of miraculous characteristics to this humble hormone. Unfortunately African American women who know about the real function of melanin may be too reliant on it’s cancer fighting potential.
A review of patient information collected in the Florida Cancer Data System showed that the incidence of melanoma has increased by 60% among black women when compared with data collected by the National Cancer Institute. Conversely, Hispanic women living in Florida were 30% less likely to develop melanoma compared with nationwide trends. Researchers reviewed data from 73,206 patients in the National Cancer Institute database and 36,427 patients collected in the Florida Cancer Data System. Between 1992 and 2004, age-adjusted incidence rates of melanoma per 100,000 person-years among increased 1.5-fold for blacks during that same period, 0.5 to 0.8.
It is time to put on sun screen, ladies!