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    ‘Hispanic’ not defined by ‘skin of color’

    Effective treatment requires understanding

    The Hispanic population isn’t just skin of color; it’s skin of different colors. Dermatologists treating Hispanic patients need to understand the diversity and disparities that exist in this fast-growing U.S. population, according to Maritza Perez, M.D., a dermatologist who practices in New Canaan, Conn. 

    Dr. Perez, an attending physician in dermatology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospitals in New York, N.Y., discussed what dermatologists need to know about the Hispanic population at the May 2015 Skin of Color Seminar in New York City. 

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    “Dermatologists are seeing Hispanic patients, but they don’t know about the population,” according to Dr. Perez. “Hispanics are [lumped] together in skin of color, but we’re different. We have been treated and evaluated as if we were African Americans, and we are not.”

    The Hispanic population, according to Dr. Perez, is growing, complex and rapidly changing.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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