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Moles may quadruple your risk of melanoma: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Sep. 4, 2014

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Having moles on your skin can quadruple your risk of developing skin cancer, Australian and British researchers say.

The study compared the medical records of 271,656 people who had visited a hospital and were noted to have moles and 10,130,417 people who didn't have moles recorded.

The group with moles was approximately 4.6 times more likely to develop melanoma than the group without moles.

The researchers also found people were more likely to develop melanoma in areas with moles.

"People with moles on their trunk were nine times more likely to develop melanoma on the trunk, and 5.6 times more likely to develop melanoma elsewhere on the body," University of Melbourne professor Rodney Sinclair said in a press release.

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The researchers said people with moles should be closely monitored and if a mole changes size, shape or colour, or a new mole develops, patients should see their doctor.

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