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Size of moles linked to melanoma risk

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1433
  1. Norra Macready
  1. California

    The size, type, and number of moles on a person's skin may reflect his or her risk of melanoma, according to researchers. They say that this relation could help doctors to identify high risk individuals and design better programmes for detecting melanoma, which is highly curable in its early stages.

    The investigators interviewed 738 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed melanoma identified at two melanoma centres in the United States between 1 January 1991 and 31 December 1992, …

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