BEACON TRANSCRIPT – If you want to predict skin affections, take a look at the number of moles on your right arm – a strong indicator of melanoma risks, as doctors have recently concluded. The finding is in keeping with previous studies claiming that the more moles people have, the more risks of developing skin cancer they run.
Whether healthy or not, beautiful or awkward, moles are always skin marks that we should prevent. This is the conclusion that researchers have reached after comparing the number of moles on children’s arms and their effects on participants’ overall health condition.
The investigation saw the participation of 3,549 female twins of various ages, whose skin was white. Medical experts closely analyzed 17 body parts of the participants after considering their skin color, hair and eye color, as well as their tendency to develop freckles.
This first experiment was repeated on a larger group of participants. This time, however, researchers chose both men and female subjects because they wanted to collect comprehensive data.
At the end of the experiment, researchers have concluded that the number of moles on a person’s right arm can predict the number of moles on a person’s entire body. Judging by the figures that researchers have found during the experiment, it appears that participants with seven moles or more on their arm had 9 percent more chances of having more than 50 moles on their entire body.
Researchers have found that persons with more than 11 moles on their right arm can have more than 100 moles on their body. Putting the two facts together, it was easy for researchers to conclude that the more moles one person has on the right arm, the more risks of developing melanoma there are.
Scientists have further looked at the data from the previous studies. According to them, every mole has a 2 to 4 percent risk of turning into melanoma. This confirms the fact that participants with a larger number of moles were more likely to develop skin cancer.
Medical experts recommend people with large numbers of moles on their skin to use sunscreen protection and to have all their moles checked. This is the only way that melanoma can be discovered in time.
The study can be found in the British Journal of Dermatology.
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