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Most melanoma patients have few moles, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 03 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1255
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Patients with melanoma tend to have few moles, and these are rarely atypical, research published in JAMA Dermatology has found.1

However, younger patients (aged under 60) with more numerous atypical moles tended to have thicker tumours (≥2.01 mm), which are considered an indicator of poorer prognosis, even if they had few moles overall.

Previous studies have associated the number of total …

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