It is hard to define the relationships between race, genetics, and health because first you must define each one separately. According to Gravlee, he defines race as, “a culturally structured, systematic way of looking at, perceiving, and interpreting reality… that humans are naturally divided into a few biological subdivisions. These subdivisions, or races, are thought to be discrete, exclusive, permanent, and relatively homogenous.” Although there are correlations between race, genetics, and health, that does not mean that race and genetics can be classified as causations. To further elaborate on this method, in the lecture we looked at the prevalence of type two diabetes in Pima Mexican Americans. Although this specific race of Americans has a higher prevalence of type two diabetes, this does not mean that every Pima Mexican American will develop type two diabetes. It just demonstrates that there is a higher prevalence of type two diabetes in that particular race. Further more about the relationship between race, genetics, and health is that there is no actual way to determine race. Race is just a category that one defines themselves as belonging to.
Skin cancer refers to any form of cancer that begins in the cells of the skin. Skin cancer can be found in any layer of the skin, and the deeper the layer of skin that the cancer affects, the more serious the cancer is. Skin cancer is found to be more prevalent among Caucasians. This is due strictly to the amount of melanin the body produces. Caucasians, compared to African-Americans, produce less melanin; 3.4 to 13.4 SPF protective factor. The low amount of melanin and the light skin color of Caucasians results in the increased risk of being susceptible to skin cancer. Some doctors even believe that some African Americans are even immune to skin cancer due to their high amount of melanin in their skin.
GOHARA, MONA, and MARITZA PEREZ. “Skin Cancer and Skin of Color.” Skin Cancer Foundation.