As if carrying a child isn’t enough to worry about, science has added yet another issue for pregnant women to look out for: developing skin cancer.
A study published by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology has revealed that women under 50, and even more so pregnant women, were found to be at an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the United States, with recent reports indicating an increasing occurrence among younger women.
The study showed that compared with pregnant women not diagnosed with melanoma, women who were diagnosed with melanoma within one year of giving birth were five times as likely to die from melanoma, seven times as likely to see their cancer spread and nine times as likely to see the disease recur.
Skin changes are normal during pregnancy and typically resolve themselves postpartum. However, research suggests that hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy have the potential to lead to a greater mutation of the cells. It also suggests that women’s immune systems may be compromised during pregnancy, which can lead to an increased risk of developing an illness, including cancer.
Evaluate More Often
Regardless of why this may be happening, pregnant women should be aware of the risk of developing melanoma. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to be evaluated both during as well as after pregnancy to reduce the risk of melanoma occurring.
And, as for everyone, they should be sure to keep sunscreen handy (even in winter). Covering up is the best defense against this silent killer, and will help mean one less thing to worry about.
Come to MoleSafe, the Skin Cancer Specialists
More powerful than the naked eye, MoleSafe’s exclusive Skin Surveillance Program (SSP) produces high-resolution diagnostic images, creating an active skin profile through a unique mole-screening process. The profile is monitored over time to detect any changes in the skin for fast, effective treatment in the event of skin cancer, including melanoma. Just an hour of your time with the SSP can save you from becoming part of a statistic.
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