People with lighter skin should get regular check ups upon noticing strange spots
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/29/2012 -- Spanish researchers have found that those with blond hair and fair skin are more likely to develop moles.
Boys were found more likely to develop moles on their head and neck, while girls were more prone to lower-body moles.
“Melanocytic nevi” is the clinical term for the skin lesions commonly known as moles. These growths develop during the growing years of a childhood and adolescence. Their melanin pigmentation tends to be dark compared to the fair skin.
Doctors have particular interest in moles, as they are commonly linked to skin cancer. Genes and environmental factors alike are thought to contribute to otherwise harmless moles becoming cancerous.
In the Spanish study, Dr. Salvador Arias-Santiago and co-workers at the Universidad de Granada reviewed 428 children between the ages of eight and 10 years of age who had melanocytic nevi.
The average mole count was 19. Most were small and were located on the torso and other areas, which had regular exposure to sunlight.
Dr. Arias-Santiago found that boys more commonly possessed moles compared to their female counterparts. Those with green eyes, blond hair, and fair skin were more likely to have moles than those children with darker hair and skin.
Overall exposure to the sun seemed to have little effect on the mole count, even when taking into account the quantity and frequency of sunburns. The researchers say that this is the first study to look at moles in children in Spain, a country that "is characterized by a population with specific phenotype traits [visible attributes], a large number of sunny days, and a distinct lifestyle."
Researchers also concluded: "Future melanoma prevention campaigns should define the groups most at risk, establish regular dermatological testing for individuals with an elevated number of melanocytic nevi and encourage parents to apply sun protection measures to their children from birth."
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