Skin Moles Cannot Predict Breast Cancer Despite What Studies Say

TIME

Two new studies suggest that having moles is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, with one finding women with 15 or more moles were 35% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women who had none.

Before you frantically start counting all the moles on your body, know that these studies are a couple of the first to ever make this connection, and these findings are not causal. The first study used the Nurses’ Health Study a study of over 74,500 female nurses and the second study looked at E3N Teachers’ Study Cohort which includes over 89,900 women. In the first study, the researchers asked the Nurse’s Health Study participants to report the number of moles larger than 3mm on their left arm (left-side mole counts are usually used because the assumption is that many people drive to work and get incidental sun exposure from the…

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