Does having a lot of moles give you a higher potential for skin cancer?

Dysplastic moles. Moles are proliferations of nevus cells. Most moles are benign. Some can transform into melanoma. Many believe that the transformation is gradual. Before turning into melanoma, moles are said to be 'atypical' or 'dysplastic'. When an individual has many atypical moles (as in dysplastic nevus syndrome), then the risk of having a melanoma is higher.
No. Skin cancer is caused by an increase in uv radiation. Although, patient is advised to keep a close eye on the moles for any changes in pigmentation or size.

Related Questions

Are mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? I'm 16.

Bleaching creams. Some bleaching creams are associated with an increased risk of skin cancer particularly when combined with extensive sun exposure or uv radiation. Also it is important to k ow the history of the mole such as the abcd (see diagram) and risks of malignancy. Read more...
Creams not effective. If you have a dark mole you can not remove it with creams nor should you try. The only way to remove a true mole is to excise it completely. If your mole has irregular features it should be evaluated by your doctor. Read more...
Hard to know. Mole-removing creams are generally not approved by the fda, and are herbal or naturally derived. These have not been rigorously tested and can have significant side effects in the short term and long term. I would advise seeing a dermatologist. If it looks ok, you probably don't need to remove it at all! Read more...

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure. I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. Read more...

Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes. Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. Read more...
Link but uncommon. There are some rare genetic disorders where people have lots of moles or freckles and are more likely to develop skin cancer. However for most people the moles and freckles themselves do not increase their risk of getting a skin cancer, as other factors like sun exposure and sun sensitivity are more important. Read more...