Researchers may have found new link between moles, breast cancer
The number of moles on a woman's arm may indicate her breast cancer risks, according to a new study. (Source: KDR/FOX)
ENGLEWOOD, CO (KDVR/FOX) - A study suggests there may be a link between the number of moles on a woman's arm and her breast cancer risk.
Researchers in the U.S. and France found that breast cancer patients tend to have more moles, which could be because they also have a higher level of the hormone estrogen.
Dr. Karng Log of Swedish Medical Center said it's important to point out that moles don't cause breast cancer, they are just indications of a bigger problem.
"It's a small factor, but there are many other factors that have bigger influences," Log said. "When women have moles it's associated with hyper pigmentation, and that change in pigmentation is often associated with a change in hormone levels."