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How to spot skin cancer on every skin tone

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New cases of invasive melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have gone up 31% since 2012, but there are ways you can protect yourself. This is important for everyone—but what to look for, and where on your body there may be signs of cancer, often depends on the color of your skin.

“Melanoma tends to be diagnosed at a later stage in people of color, which often means a worse prognosis,” says Elizabeth Hale, M.D., senior vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation and a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

“For people of color, melanoma often appears on areas of the body that don’t get much sun exposure, so any skin changes may go unnoticed for some time.” This contributes to an alarming disparity in melanoma five-year survival rates: 93% for non-Hispanic white individuals compared with just 71% for African Americans. Research shows that race and ethnicity play a role in where people may be more likely to develop melanoma too, so knowing your risk areas can be key to early detection. While everyone should apply sunscreen, here’s the latest race and skin tone-based information from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Skin cancer signs that everyone should look for

An annual skin cancer screening is the standard, “but if any of your first-degree relatives have had melanoma, you should be checked twice a year, as we know there’s a genetic component to the disease,” explains Dr. Hale. She adds that anyone who used indoor tanning beds before age 35 has a 75% higher risk of developing melanoma—no matter how many years have passed since they last were in one. “It’s not like smoking, where for every year since you quit your risk of lung cancer decreases,” she says. “The cell mutations caused by tanning beds don’t improve over time.”

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To identify worrisome moles, you’ll want to refer to the ABCDE system, which stands for “asymmetry,” “border,” “color,” “diameter,” and “evolving,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). A change in these characteristics can help differentiate benign moles from cancerous ones. If you notice spots on your skin that are different from others or spots that are changing, itching, or bleeding, the AAD recommends making an appointment with a dermatologist.

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Skin cancer signs: African-Americans

Acral lentiginous melanoma, a less common type of melanoma that typically occurs on the palms, soles, and nail beds, occurs disproportionately more in people with dark skin,” says Dr. Hale. “One theory is that because people with melanin-rich skin lack melanin on their palms and soles and melanin offers some protection against UV-induced damage, those areas are more vulnerable.” This type of melanoma may look like a bruise or a pigmentation splotch, so people may not recognize it as a red flag.

Skin cancer signs: Hispanics

Melanoma incidence has risen 20% among Hispanics over the past two decades. In females, it shows up most often on the legs and hips, while in men it’s most common on the trunk. Hispanic men have a significantly higher rate of later-stage, more advanced melanoma tumors than Hispanic women do. The signs can be subtle, but it’s most often identified by a funky-looking mole that changes over time. Warning signs include changes in mole size, shape, or color.

Skin cancer signs: AAPI individuals

Over 60% of melanoma cases in Asian American and Pacific Islander people occur on areas of skin with limited sun exposure, palms, soles, and nail beds. Research shows that this group has poorer outcomes compared to non-Hispanic white individuals, primarily because melanoma tends to be detected in them at a later, more aggressive stage. Advocate for yourself if you have any concerns about these or other areas of your skin.

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Skin cancer signs: Caucasians

Melanoma is more prevalent among non-Hispanic white people, with the most common form showing up predominantly on men’s torsos, women’s legs, and the upper back for both genders. Other risk areas for less common types of melanoma are the arms, scalp, face, and ears.

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Toolz slams American rapper, Kanye West

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Media personality, Tolu Oniru-Demuren better known as Toolz, has shared her opinion on American rapper Kanye West also known as ye.

Toolz took to her Instagram story to slam West following his unconventional ways of handling issues. She wrote,

“Kanye is an idiot…and almost all yeezys are ugly…

The father of four has been in the news and facing backlash and criticism online after rocking a shirt with “White Lives Matter” boldly written on it during his Yeezy SZN 9 presentation in Paris fashion week.

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West’s long-sleeved black shirt featured an image of Pope Francis on the front and at the back, had “White Lives Matter” written in white.

Following criticisms, billionaire entrepreneur took to his Instagram page to claim that black lives was a scam.

He wrote, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter is a scam, now it’s over you are welcome”.

It is worthy to note that “White Lives Matter” is a “white supremacist phrase that originated in early 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement”.

Responding to criticisms, West noted that the same set of people who are angry at him made his white wife rich.

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“The same people mad at me for wearing white a white lives matter shirt idolizes my White wife and made her white family rich”.

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Model, Ifedioku Stirs Reactions After she Shared Beautiful Photos of Herself

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Nigerian model, Ekemma Bella Klara popularly known as Ifedioku , has got the internet buzzing with different reactions from people, after she decided to upload lovely pictures of her looking pretty in an outstanding outfit, on Instagram.

The black beauty who uploaded the beautiful pictures of herself through her official Instagram page, could be seen dressed in a blue jean trouser and a sheer jacket, which she complemented with a blue bag and stunning smile.

Ifedioku went ahead to state that the pictures are for those set of persons who have gone through hell a couple of times, just for someone else.

And so, following the beautiful pictures uploaded by the creative writer through her official Instagram page, her fans and followers took to her comment section to react, as many praised her with different names.

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Others however, professed their love for the beautiful model, and further promised to marry her.

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Week-long fashion show climaxes with special recognition awards (Gallery)

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Africa Fashion Week has established itself as the fashion event of the continent.

Regardless of the changes to the flow of African Fashion Week, the event remains, at its core, primarily the same: a platform for designers to showcase their work to a global and local audience. This year, after the huddles of COVID-19, Africa Fashion Week took place in a series of digital showcases, runway presentations, and a physical runway show at the Eko Hotel And Suites in Victoria Island Lagos for its 2022 event, which happened between September 7th to 9th 2022.

With a well planned and organized showcasing that featured emerging and established designers like Kola Qudus, Adire Oodua, Glue by Nasir Elias among others. The week made for a beautiful showcase on the runways and the streets of Lagos.

It will be recalled that AFWN was founded in 2014 by an extraordinary fashionpreneur, Ronke Ademiluyi, AFWN is a sister platform to Africa Fashion Week London AFWL which showcases emerging and established designers with creative talents, connecting them with stakeholders in the fashion industry.

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This years edition had a new dimension to it as some fashion forward stakeholders were awarded with special recognition award for their contribution to the fashion industry.

Amongst the recipients of the award was fashion designer Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, Oba Saheed Elegushi (King Gucci), Kelechi Amadi -Obi among others.

The event also had in attendance dignitaries and special guests from all works of life with the likes of Kwara State 1st lady Amb. Olufolake Abdulrasaq, Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja the 11, Dr. Mrs. Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Doyin Abiola, Oba Saheed Elegushi among several others.

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Below are pictorials from the event and some of the most colorful and daring outfits we saw during the just concluded African Fashion Week 2022.

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