Melanoma: Skin Cancer Five Times Tougher On Pregnant Women, Study Finds

Melanoma: Skin Cancer Five Times Tougher On Pregnant Women, Study Finds


pregnant-womanA team of London researchers have come up with a finding that suggests that skin cancer is five times deadlier for pregnant women, reports Huewire.

The London-based researchers used records from thousands of patients to develop a formula, which predicts the risk of being diagnosed with dementia within five years. The team of researchers therefore advise that regular skin checks and self-examinations should be encouraged.

“The increasing incidence of melanoma for women younger than 50 years suggests that regular skin checks and self-examinations are warranted”, the researchers wrote.

A woman diagnosed with Melanoma, which is a skin cancer during pregnancy should not hesitate to visit her dermatologist for medical advice.

Evidently, women under the age of 50 who took part at the study and were also diagnosed with skin cancer during pregnancy or immediately after putting to birth had higher chances for the tumors to spread to other organisms.

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The report claimed that women are more likely to get melanoma than men. Of thousands of women that took part in the experiment, 41 women were diagnosed during the pregnancy or maximum a year after.

Melanoma, according to report, is the most unsafe form of skin cancer. However, it can be cured with a relatively minor surgery, although early detection and early treatment are extremely important. Pregnant women with melanoma are five times more at risk of dying from it than women with the skin cancer who are not pregnant, the research findings pointed out.

“The rate of metastasis, recurrence and death in our findings were astounding – as the rates were measurably higher in women who were diagnosed with melanoma while pregnant, or within one year after delivery”, Dr. Brian Gastman, director of melanoma surgery at Cleveland Clinic and lead researcher of the study, said in a press release.

The risk of death is also high in women who were diagnosed during or after pregnancy. A lot of those who participated in the test were diagnosed with what is called stage 0 melanoma, which is described as a situation when the cancer cells are only in the outer layer of the skin, or stage 1, when the tumors may penetrate part of the outer layer of skin but are still relatively small.

Between 1982 and 2011, the rates of melanoma in the United States doubled, according to the researchers. During the period of pregnancy, women are subject to several health risks. The recurrence rate for the other group was 1.4 percent.

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the US, with recent reports indicating increasing incidence among young women.

However, the research has only revealed that a link exists between melanoma outcome and pregnancy, but has not actually being able to show a cause-and-effect relationship.

The London research team did not know why melanoma appears to be more aggressive in pregnant women, but did not shy away from saying that it might have something to do with hormonal changes that occur in pregnant women, such as increased levels of estrogen.