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People with darker skin tones are disproportionately affected by morbidity and mortality of skin cancers. Risk factors including social, cultural, and socioeconomic factors make them vulnerable to late detection and poor prognosis (Agbai et al., 2014; Higgins et al., 2018). This systematic review aims to synthesize available information on skin cancer with the aim of elucidating interventions for healthcare providers to promote early screening and diagnosis of skin cancer in people with darker skin tones. The information gathered in this systematic review will form the basis for the development of an evidence-based quality improvement guidelines for the education of healthcare providers on screening and diagnosis of skin cancer in the target population. The systematic review adheres to the PRISMA guideline for conducting systematic reviews and includes ten study articles obtained from the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE) databases. The included studies investigate various areas including skin cancer prevention, management, and screening techniques that can be adopted by healthcare providers to improve early detection. In general, the evidence is consistent with the view that the education of healthcare providers can help to improve screening and outcomes for skin cancer patients with darker skin tones.