In an interview with Global Medical News Network , topnotch dermatologist Dr. Wendy Roberts says that the diagnosis and treatment of skin issues for patients with ethnic skin of color are likely different from the approaches for Caucasian patients. She clarifies that those individuals with skin of color are basically non-whites or non-Caucasians – in other words, those patients with descendants from people in Asia, Africa, or South America. The non-caucasian patients include those with Native American or Pacific Island lineage.
The Rancho Mirage-based Dr. Roberts seeks to clarify the misconception that having ethnic skin or skin of color is an exemption from contracting some skin issues, like african american patients not getting skin cancer. Indeed things like that is a misconception, says Dr. Roberts.
The oft-called Rockstar Dermatologist calls on her peers in the dermatology field to improve their knowledge and competence in diagnosing and treating patients with ethnic skin. In one study, it was revealed that most dermatology residents today feel that they are “not adequately trained” to deal individuals with skin of color. This is quite an alarming workforce issue considering that, by 2050, more than 50 percent of Americans will have some type of ethnic skin.
For Dr. Roberts, there is an urgent need among present dermatologists to encourage rigorous training and expand knowledge base in dealing with patients having ethnic skin type.
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