This week, The Clinical Advisor reported on a study which found a link between teenage acne and melanoma. This elevated risk is independent from known risk factors. The study was led by Mingfeng Zhang, MD, PhD, from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
99,128 female nurses were followed for the study, which looked at 20 years of their health history. The risks of eight specific cancers were studied in these women who had severe acne during their teenage years. Among women with this history, the research team found an increased relative risk for melanoma. This was after a full adjustment for known risk factors.
This association was replicated in an independent melanoma case-control study involving 930 cases and 1,026 controls (multivariable-adjusted odds ratio, 1.27). In both studies, the likelihood of having moles was increased for those with teenage acne (P < 0.001 in the cohort study and P = 0.004 in the case-control study).
The team concluded that their is a definite link between acne and melanoma, and agree that more studies need to be conducted to find the severity of the link.
We at MoleSafe think that this is a very important study. This allows us to warn teenage acne patients in advance of their risk, and help them to protect themselves. Hopefully, we will be able to end this link through providing patients with the knowledge of their risk.
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