Doctor Address Skin Cancer Misconceptions

Posted at 8:19 PM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 20:19:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A well-known dermatologist visited the Big Bend on Saturday to talk about the importance of protecting your skin against the sun's harmful rays no matter the color of your skin.

Dr. Susan Taylor was joined by other medical experts for the Frontline Skin Cancer Education Conference.

This is the first year the conference took place.

It was held at the Florida State Conference Center.

The conference was aimed at educating doctors and health care professionals recognizing and treating skin cancers.

It focused on the lack of education and misconceptions that people of colored skin are immune to the disease.

"We're trying to emphasis the importance of preventing skin cancer by a number of measures," said Dr. Taylor. "It's critically important that people of color, those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent know that they can, and do get skin cancer."

She also passed along some tips, saying it's best to stay out of the sun. If you are though, be sure to wear a hat, or a visor. She also encourages you to wear sunscreen.