September 28, 2022
Breast cancer: Having moles on your skin can increase risk of cancer, studies show

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women with a 2021 research showing 1 in 10 new cancer diagnoses is breast cancer. Experts advise regular checkup for women for early detection and best treatment outcomes. It is also prudent to be aware of what the risk factors are, including having moles, which has been linked to higher susceptibility to the tumour.

Moles also known as nevi in the medical community, are small growths on the skin that are dark, pink or tan with a distinct edge which develop when pigment cells grow in clusters.

A 2014 study found that women with ‘very many’ moles, stand a 13% risk of breast cancer than those without any or fewer moles. The conclusion was reached based on data from the analysis of 89,902 women in France – analysed over the course of many years – out of which 5,959 developed breast cancer.

Another study conducted the same year, had similar findings after researchers studied 24 years of health data from 74,523 female nurses. During the course of the research, 5,483 of the nurses developed invasive breast cancer. According to healthline.com:

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