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Cancer statistics show why doctors should not ignore moles

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.

In addition to having a doctor regularly check your moles and skin, there are various preventative measures you can take:

  • Use sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher
  • Limit UV exposure by covering your skin when outdoors
    • A large-brimmed hat can offer great protection
    • Long pants and shirts do not have to be unbearable in the heat; lightweight and breathable material can provide sun protection and comfort
  • Sun umbrellas and awnings are perfect for people who relax outdoors

If you have suffered serious injury because of a melanoma misdiagnosis, speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to protect your legal rights.

Source: DailyMail, "Having Moles On Your Skin Can Quadruple Your Risk of Developing Deadly Skin Cancer," Marielle Simon, Sept. 4, 2014

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