A 30-year-old male asked:
is skin with many moles has more tendency to get skin cancer when exposed to sun? at what age (how soon)? how can i tan without being harmed?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Emily Altman answered
27 years experience Dermatology
Moles and cancer: Many moles is a risk factor for skin cancer. Melanoma usually arises on normal skin, only 20% of the time in a mole.Studies show that tanning, especially in tanning salons, increases risk of skin cancer regardless of number of moles. Melanoma risk is very small before age 12, but rises sharply after that. The more sun damage, the bigger skin cancer risk. New/changing lesions must be seen by derm.
Answered on May 3, 2013
Dr. Coyle Connolly answered
28 years experience Dermatology
Skin: Yes skin with many moles is statistically more likely to develop skin cancer (melanoma). Tanning increases the risk. There is no such thing as a safe tan. One should reduce sun exposure and use sun protection . See a dermatologist once yearly to have a skin exam.
Answered on Nov 10, 2014
Dr. Travis Kidner answered
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: People with greater than 50 moles do have an increased risk for developing melanoma. You should see a dermatologist twice a year for a skin check. And the best way to get a tan is a spray tan!
Answered on Jan 11, 2015
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