The presence of skin moles may creates more than a fourfold increase in your chance of developing melanoma, according to a new Australian study.
While the news is harrowing to many, it may be a crucial discovery for the prevention and diagnosis of skin cancer.
According to a cancer study from the University of Melbourne, patients with moles are 4.6 times more likely to develop skin cancer. Previous research indicated that moles on the skin only doubled the risk of cancer.
Your takeaway: Do not let your physician downplay the presence of moles. If you have moles do not panic, but understand you are at high risk of skin cancer. Your doctor should understand your heightened risk to help avoid a misdiagnosis.