Daily use of sunscreen by people with all skin colors is advised by the American Academy of Dermatology, even on overcast days. While a higher concentration of melanin provides some sun protection, it doesn’t prevent skin cancer. Because of this false perception, most cases aren’t diagnosed until they are more advanced and difficult to treat. Unfortunately, that translates into higher mortality rates. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that those with dark skin are even more susceptible to the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. Checking your skin for unusual changes is crucial as it can mean that the disease can be spotted earlier. Darker skinned people are most likely to develop skin cancers on the palms of their hands or the soles of their feet. EVERYONE should always wear sunscreen when spending long periods of time in the sun. Be careful!