“CDC – Skin Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/race.htm (accessed July 13, 2013).
I picked this case because it is something that Americans have increasingly dealt with over the years. Our community has focused huge amounts of time and money establishing tanning booths. Although there are many ways to get melanoma, a main one is the usage of artificial tanning. In 2011, it was shown that 29% of white high school girls used indoor tanning facilities (Skin Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity, 2012). The graph above shows that death rates of melanoma among men and women of different races. As you can see, the rates among white men and women are much higher than those of any other rates. I am very interested in this topic because I do feel that, for some cases, we can control the amount of exposure we have to skin cancer. Unlike other cancers that just “show up”, there are actually concrete ways to prevent most type of melanoma.
Based on class information today, I don’t think that race, which is a social construct usually based upon the color of ones skin, is a good indication of health. However, I do think that there is a correlation between genetics and race because if someone is born with black skin, most likely one of both of their parents also have black skin! In the movie about the Pima Indians, the researchers found that the wealth of the indians had the most affect on their health and wellness. Although there may have been some factors that led to the prevalence of diabetes within their tribe, it was mostly external forces, such as diet and lack of access to water, that ultimately made their diabetes rates so high. If those factors would have been different then the Pima people would have much lower rates of disease.