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. […]