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Arm Mole Count May Predict Skin Cancer Risk

The results of a recently published study may make it easier for doctors to quickly assess a patient’s risk of melanoma. According to the study, which was conducted by a team of researchers from King’s College London, people with 12 or more moles on their right arm may have a greater risk of skin cancer compared to other people.

Whilst not disregarding other important melanoma risk factors, this is a quick way for GPs to assess a patient’s risk of melanoma by simply counting the number of moles on their patient’s right arm.

Presence of pre-existing moles is one of the first things doctors look for while performing a skin cancer check. The reason for this is that around 20 to 40 percent of melanomas are thought to arise from pre-existing moles.

The research was conducted on a group of 3,594 female twins where specially trained nurses carefully examined 17 areas of the subjects’ bodies. In addition, the team also took some other factors into consideration such as skin tone, colour of the eyes, freckles and hair colour. […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Moles, Skin Cancer Risk|0 Comments

Study Finds Most Melanoma Patients Don’t Regularly Check Their Skin

A recent study has found that people who have suffered from melanoma in the past do not self-examine their skin on a regular basis. In fact, the findings of the studies suggest that less than 15 percent of the melanoma patients check their skin regularly.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which claims thousands of lives every year. The survival rate for melanoma relies a great deal on the stage at which it is detected, which is why early detection is crucial.

A study conducted by Eliot Coups, a behavioural scientist at Rutgers Cancer Institute New Jersey reviewed a group of 176 people who had suffered from malignant melanoma.
The study found that a majority of the people in the study either did not undertake self-examination seriously or simply did not know what to look for when performing such examinations. There were also a few participants who were unaware of the benefits of performing regular skin checks at all. […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Skin Cancer Checks|0 Comments
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