The Number of Moles on Your Arms Could Predict Your Skin Cancer Risk

Doctors warn that people who have more than ten moles on their right arm are at greater risk of developing skin cancer. British researchers found that those with 11 moles on the arm, probably have more than 100 all over their body. Although most moles are benign, they can turn into cancer cells, and the presence of more than 100 is possible to increase the risk of malignant melanoma to ten times.

Since the 70s of the last century the number of sufferers has increased five times, due to the widespread use of tanning beds and sun exposure. People with red hair and pale skin are more at risk, but researchers from Imperial College London believe that it is extremely important to count the moles. According to them, if the doctors can quickly determine the risk of developing a disease they will be able to seize the development at an earlier stage when treatment is easier.

Nurses from “St. Thomas” Hospital in London count the number of moles on more than 3.500 healthy women. They divided the body of the 17 areas and determine which ones are most indicative of the overall census of moles. There was a second study conducted on men. Arms are the most appropriate place, which gives correct information.

Having many moles is a sign that the skin cells are very active, which increases the chances some of them to develop into cancer. The dermatologist Veronica Bataille hopes the study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, help doctors to diagnose skin cancer as early as possible. She added that patients with moles should monitor changes in shape or color, because it may be a sign that the mole becomes cancerous.

Dr Claire Knight, of Cancer Research UK said that “this study shows that the number of moles on the arm gives us a good indication of how many moles we have on our bodies. This could be helpful because we know that people with many moles have a higher risk of developing melanoma.” If you have bright eyes and skin or red hair color, if you have ever burned by the sun, then you fall into endangered group.

Less than half of melanomas develop from existing moles. This is why you should be aware of the existing moles and inform your doctor about changes in color, size and feel them, but with the emergence of new ones it is mandatory to contact a professional.

Melanoma can occur throughout the body, not just on the arms. Most often they appear on the legs in women and waist in men. Most people have 20 to 30 moles, but there are cases where they can reach up to 400-500.

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