Moles linked to risk for breast cancer

Women with a greater number of moles are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new US study.

Using data from two large prospective cohorts comprising over 160,000 women, the researchers found that women with 15 or more moles were 35% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women who reported none.

This corresponds to an absolute risk of developing breast cancer of 8.48% in women with no moles and 11.4% for women with 15 or more.

The authors said additional studies were needed to investigate the features of moles in association with breast cancer risk.

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