The American Cancer Society reports, "Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes." Melanomas on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and under the nails account for more than half of all melanoma cases in African Americans, as compared to fewer than 1 in 10 among white Americans.
People of color are more likely to die from melanoma cancers because they are underdiagnosed. This is partly because "racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to have health insurance, so they may not see a doctor regularly," according to the CDC. "People who see a doctor regularly are more likely to get cancer screening tests."
"And even when we [people of color] go to doctors, we get misdiagnosed," Downie says. That's because even medical professionals are less likely to think they have skin cancers.