Researchers Find a Surprising Connection Between Moles and Breast Cancer

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Two separate studies, one American and one French, found that the number of moles a woman has may indicate a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Experts hypothesize that the connection between moles and breast cancer could be estrogen. The hormone has a known association with breast cancer growth and metastasis, and there is some evidence that estrogen levels influence mole growth. For example, moles get larger and darken during pregnancy. The US study involved data from 74,000 female nurses, and the French study involved data from 90,000 French women. Both studies demonstrated an increased risk of approximately 35%. However, one key difference was seen in the French study: Moles were linked to an increased risk of breast cancer only among women who developed breast cancer before menopause. Researchers in both country note that the reasons are not clear, and further research is needed.

Researchers Find a Surprising Connection Between Moles and Breast Cancer
Researchers Find a Surprising Connection Between Moles and Breast Cancer
TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of moles a woman has on her skin may hint at her risk of developing breast cancer, new research suggests. In two separate studies, American and French scientists found that the more moles a woman had, the greater her average risk of breast cancer. In one study, women with 15 or more moles on a single arm were 35 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women with no moles.
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