• Does having a lot of moles increase my chance of getting melanoma or basal cell carcinoma?

    Asked by LisaR on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Does having a lot of moles increase my chance of getting melanoma or basal cell carcinoma?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Harry's Avatar

      Here is an article from the National Cancer Institute about moles and melanoma http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/moles

      almost 4 years ago
    • LisaR's Avatar

      Thanks Harry

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      This is an interesting question and one that many people ponder so good for you for asking. I am an oncology nurse so let me attempt an answer. There are 3 layers of skin. The top layer is the epidermal layer and it is this layer where skin cancers develop. On the top part of that layer are little flat cells and these are squamous cells. At the bottom of the epdermis are the basal or basement cells. Close to the bottom layer of the epidermis are cells called melanocytes and they are responsible for your skin color or hue. Moles at the surface have no bearing on basal or melanoma. A mole that changes color or texture usually denotes squamous cell cancer. Although some moles have a stem that could reach that bottom layer of the epidermal layer. A large amount of moles are not considered a risk factor to those cancers. We all have the genes that could mutate to those cancers and some people have that mutation that never express as cancer. But if you have that mutation and then exacerbate it by over exposure to the sun or come in contact with environmental carcinogens, then that increases the chance that the gene will express itself. I hope this answers your question, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago

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