Having Lots of Moles Can Be a Good Thing. Find Out Why? | Amoils.com
Everyone has at least one mole but some people have as many as 500 or 600. Is this a good or bad thing? Well, researchers at Kings College, London, have found that people with lots of moles could mean younger skin and better bone density leading to delayed ageing. They suggest that moles can be beautiful and they may well keep you looking more youthful for longer because the cells of those with many moles have properties which allow them to renew themselves more often.
But there could be a price to pay for this delayed ageing
More moles have been linked to a higher rate of cancer, both skin and other types. Those with more cell divisions, and more youthful looks, might be increasing their cancer risk.
Dr Bataille, the lead researcher who presented her findings at a Royal Society of Medicine conference, said:
“As a clinician, when I get a patient with lots of moles, I automatically want to know about their family history of cancer, so I can think about prevention. This is not just melanoma, but also more common cancers such as breast and colon cancer.”
But there is good news too
And that is that people with large numbers of moles appeared less vulnerable to some of the effects of skin ageing, such as wrinkles and blemishes.
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The article goes on to report:
“The latest study of 1,200 twins suggested that high mole numbers also meant that people were less affected by age-related reductions in bone density, which could mean a lower risk of brittle bone disease and bone fractures later in life. Those with more than 100 moles were half as likely to develop osteoporosis compared with those with 25 moles or fewer.
The reason for these links are unclear, but researchers have noticed that people with large numbers of moles have differences in the strands of DNA in each cell which carry their genetic code. Sections on the end of these strands are called telomeres, and are effectively a countdown timer governing the number of times a cell can divide to produce new cells. The longer the telomere, the more cell divisions can take place over a lifetime – and more moles were linked to longer telomeres.”
Dr Bataille suggested that moles were a visible product of the underlying system which controls body ageing
She said: “Some people will have two moles, some people will have 600, but when you have a patient with lots of moles, we noticed they tended to age better.”
Most moles are harmless and don’t have to be removed but many people who have moles on the face feel they are unattractive and want to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
Facial moles usually get more attention than moles elsewhere on the body. In the 1950s, a dark regular mole on the cheek was considered to be a very attractive attribute and girls would often pencil in their own facial mole. These were called beauty spots. Cindy Crawford (super model of the 80s and 90s) brought back the fashion with her signature mole on the face close to her mouth. This was the genuine item.
Moles are usually small, dark, skin growths that develop from pigment-producing cells in the skin but they can be flesh-colored or yellow-brown, they can be raised off the skin and very noticeable or they may contain dark hairs. Having hairs in a mole does not make it more dangerous. Special cells that contain the pigment melanin cause the brown color of most moles.
Check those moles
All moles should be checked regularly. While it is easy to keep an eye on facial moles (because we tend to examine our faces regularly in the mirror) it is those moles elsewhere that we can easily forget about. If you are at all concerned, go to your dermatologist or doctor for a full evaluation and screening. Such a screening will be an examination of your entire body rather than ignoring areas that you may not be able to inspect regularly.
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