In Patients with Cutaneous Melanoma, Risk Factors for Developing Second Melanoma Include Red and Blond Hair Color

Dermatology Advisor reported that “in patients with cutaneous melanoma, red and blond hair, having more than 50 cherry angiomas and more than 100 common melanocytic nevi significantly increased the risk for developing a second melanoma, according to data published in the Journal of The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.” The researchers discovered “that after a median follow-up of 61 months, 3.8% of patients with sporadic cutaneous melanoma developed a second melanoma, representing a ratio of 1 in 26 patients.” Moreover, “at years 1, 2, 5, and 10, the estimated cumulative incidence of second melanomas in the overall population was 1.6%, 2.3%, 3.3% and 6.7 %, respectively.”

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