More often than not, moles pose no harm to our health. However, there is a study that links the number of moles you have, specifically on your right arm, which can tell you about your cancer risk.
There has already been a study in the past that claims if you have over 100 moles all over your body, you have a much higher risk of developing cancer, particularly skin cancer, than those who have fewer moles. Quite recently, a new discovery unveiled an even better way of assessing your cancer risk. By means of knowing how many moles you have on your right arm, you can check if you could develop melanoma or skin cancer in a few years.
Faster and Easier Way of Checking Cancer Risk
The discovery makes it easier for physicians to learn whether a particular patient is at risk of developing melanoma or not. There is no need to look at the entire body of the individual. Doctors can simply focus on your right arm and if they find at least 11 moles, this could signal you are at a greater risk. Researchers counted the miles on 17 parts of the participants’ bodies, including:
Based on the results, the arms were the best indicator because these parts often had the most number of moles. The following were taken into consideration and were used as a guide:
- A person who has seven or more moles on his or her arm could have at least 50 moles in the body.
- Those with less than seven moles could have lower than 50 moles on the entire body.
- Those with at least 11 moles on the arm could have over 100 moles on the body.
Due to the above mentioned points, the researchers have concluded that those with 11 moles or more indicate a drastically increased risk of acquiring melanoma. According to the national Cancer Institute, it is estimated that 74,000 new cases of this specific type of cancer will arise this year and about 10,000 people will die because of the disease.
Even if you do not have a lot of moles on your right arm, it is still important to be vigilant. The American Academy of Dermatology also warned people who have the following traits as they have higher chances of developing the disease than other individuals:
- Men who are older than 50 years old
- Blondes and redheads
- Those with blue and green eyes
If you also have or had any type of cancer in the past, you are also at risk of getting melanoma.