Moles not the only way to spot deadly melanoma: Study

Moles not the only way to spot deadly melanoma: Study

A review of more than three dozen previously published medical studies involving thousands of patients has suggested that moles aren’t the most likely place for a deadly melanoma to develop.

The review of 38 formerly published medical studies showed that merely 29 per cent of the skin cancers started in moles that patients already had; while 71 per cent of the cancers started as new lesions on their skin.

Lead researcher Dr. Riccardo Pampena, from a dermatology & skin cancer unit at Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico in Italy, said that skin without moles was found to be more at risk of developing a melanoma.

Sharing findings of the study, Dr. Pampena said, “Patients and physicians should be aware that skin without moles is more at risk than moles to develop a melanoma.”

The researchers stressed that not only moles, but the entire surface of the patient’s body should be monitored and examined by patients and doctors.

The findings of the new study appeared in the Aug. 29th edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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