Number Of Moles Has Nothing To Do With Skin Cancer

Number Of Moles Has Nothing To Do With Skin Cancer
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A recently published study has debunked some of the centuries-old misconceptions that people have on skin cancer, including the relationship between the number of moles and developing serious skin cancer.


The link between having a lot of moles and developing skin cancer is nothing but a myth. For over a couple of centuries, many people held this belief that having a lot of moles is a precursor to developing skin cancer. But recent studies conducted by Harvard scientists, showed that there’s really no rational explanation to support a centuries-old tale, according to an article published by the Time Magazine.

The study, however, emphasized that the presence of moles should not be ignored as they remained a risk factor in developing skin cancer. But the causal effect between the number of moles and skin cancer hasn’t been established. In fact, what the study has found was that the majority of people who have serious cases of skin cancer have very little moles. The study, which chronicled individual progress of 566 patients diagnosed with melanoma, or commonly known as skin cancer, found evidence to debunk such belief.

Alan Charles Geller of Harvard School of Public Health noted that about 66 percent, or more than half of newly diagnosed skin cancer patients in Michigan and California have moles ranging 0-20. The study was published in the JAMA Dermatology. “Loads of people have been led to believe that melanoma is primarily a disease of very mole-y people or people with lots of unusual moles. I think that’s the main finding here: that that does not appear to be the case. We were very struck by this finding, ” Geller was quoted as saying by the Time Magazine.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer across the United States. Latest data from the CDC revealed that there were about 67,753 individuals diagnosed with skin cancer in the US. Around 39,673 of which are males and the remaining 28,080 are females.