Moles Linked to Risk of Inherited Melanoma | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Melanoma can run in families, and a new study suggests that the likelihood of developing familial melanoma could be predicted based on moles during childhood. The researchers followed 133 children in families with inherited melanoma and found that children who had more moles overall, as well as more atypical moles on the lower body, were at higher risk of melanoma. In addition, the researchers confirmed that those who developed melanomas were more likely to have the inherited mutation. Knowing which children are at risk of familial melanoma could help doctors catch it early.