As contradictory as it sounds, new research suggests that people with fewer moles on their skin may actually have a higher risk for melanoma—the deadliest type of skin cancer. Researchers speculate the number of moles influences how diligent we are about sun protection and regular checkups. Another hypothesis is there are varying degrees of aggressiveness with melanoma, which could depend on genetics. The main takeaway is that regardless of whether you’ve been genetically blessed with flawless, speckle-free skin or have more moles than you can count, every skin type should be routinely screened by dermatologists for skin cancer (how often varies from person to person, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, but you should give yourself a "self exam" regularly to look for any unusual skin changes). How do you stay on top of minimizing your skin cancer risk? Tell us in the comments!
You Won't Believe the Amount of Moles That Indicate a Higher Skin Cancer Risk
February 7, 2018