Monday 27 March 2017

Moles increase risk of skin cancer

Those with fewer moles had thicker, more aggressive melanoma
Those with fewer moles had thicker, more aggressive melanoma

People who have many moles are at increased risk for melanoma skin cancer - but those with fewer moles may be more likely to develop a more aggressive form of the disease, a new study suggests.

Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Around 721 cases of melanoma are diagnosed here annually and it is well known that people with moles are at risk.

For the small study, researchers analysed medical records of 281 melanoma patients: 89 had more than 50 moles and 192 had fewer than 50 moles.

Those with fewer moles had thicker, more aggressive melanoma and were more likely to be diagnosed at a later age than those with more moles, according to the findings presented to the American Academy of Dermatology meeting .

Doctors may be more likely to educate patients with a large number of moles about their increased risk of developing melanoma. As a result, people with many moles may be more likely to get regular skin exams with a higher chance of detection.

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