A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology looked to see if most melanomas come from preexisting moles as is often believed. The researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the incidence and prevalence of nevus-associated melanoma, or melanoma associated with preexisting moles. They analysed 38 observational cohort and case-control studies, more than 20,000 melanomas, and found that only 29.1 percent likely were associated with preexisting moles. Seventy-one percent arose de novo, or started from new. Melanomas associated with preexisting moles were not as thick, and the patients with those moles were younger by ... Read More
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