Having more than 11 moles on one arm means you could have a higher risk of getting skin cancer or melanoma according to a new study. The research published in the British Journal of Dermatology, says that GPs should count the amount of moles a person has one their arm to find out how is at risk.
You are born with most of the moles you have although some will develop in the first 30 years of life. People with fair skin often have more moles than people with darker skin.
More than 11 moles on one arm means you
could have a higher risk of getting skin cancer.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from abnormal moles. The NHS says you should check your skin every few months to see if you have any new moles and if there are any changes to your existing moles.
Things to look for include:
- moles with an uneven or ragged edge – moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth border
- bleeding, itching, red, inflamed (swollen) or crusty moles
- moles that get a lot bigger – most moles are no bigger than the width of a pencil
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