Recent Studies have said that higher the number of moles, more likely is a woman to suffer from breast cancer.
Done over a period of 15 years, it is the first time the number of moles has been linked with the disease, although larger mole count was always considered a high risk for melanoma. Thus, this is a large breakthrough in the women’s health sector.
In one of those studies 75,000 white women from the U.S. between the ages 24 and 65 years were taken and were asked to count the number of moles larger than 1/8th of an inch on the area between shoulder and wrist of their left arms.
The researchers also collected the data of the women’s health including the ages of onset of puberty, first pregnancy and menopause. They found that those who had 15 or moles were 35% more likely to have breast cancer than those who had lesser moles.
In the second study, data from 90,000 women in France between the ages 39 and 66+ were used over an 18 year period. They were asked to indicate the number of moles on their skin as ‘none’, ‘a few’, ‘many’ or ‘a lot’.
It was seen that women having ‘a lot’ moles were 13% more likely to have breast cancer than women with less number of moles. However, this conclusion came to naught when their familial history of breast and benign cancers were studied.
However, considering only the pre- menopausal women showed that those with ‘a lot’ moles were 34% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those with none.
One drawback of both the studies is the fact that they did not take the skin colour of the participants into account. Hence, it might be too early to consider the number of moles as an indicator for breast cancer. More studies need to be conducted by other health department experts to draw solid conclusions.