Skin Cancer Increase in Hispanics & African Americans

Channel: Fox 26 Houston
Aired On: June 8th, 2019

Dr. Sami was featured on Fox 26 News Houston KRIV NBC with Denise Middleton (Anchor – Fox 26 News Houston) discussing “Skin Cancer increase in Hispanics and African Americans” – Aired June 8th, 2019 FOX 26 Houston KRIV Fox26, 4261 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027.


May is designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness about skin cancer and promoting sun protection and sun safety all year round.

As an Oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Mirwat Sami is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery including skin cancer reconstruction. Dr. Sami says, “our skin is one of our largest organs and it is always exposed to the sun”. For that matter, we need to be aware of the importance of sun exposure and how it can lead to skin cancer.

Many Hispanics and African Americans believe that they are protected from the sun because of their darker skin tones and increased melanin index and they aren’t taking the necessary steps in order to protect themselves from the UV rays. This misconception is resulting in increasing skin cancer rates among Latinos and African Americans over the past two decades. They are also running the risk of being diagnosed at an advanced stage of skin cancer which is harder to treat due to it spreading to other parts of the body.

Dr. Mirwat Sami emphasizes the importance not only prevention, but also early detection and treatment of eyelid skin cancer as it can cause vision loss and other complex issues.

At Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on our compassionate patient care, our sensitivity and understanding of each patient’s needs and expectations and our drive for excellence. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones feel welcome, comfortable and 100% satisfied with your experience.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life.

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