Moles primarily form when your skin cells are damaged from exposure to sunlight. Which is why people with fair skin tend who are most susceptible to sunburn are likely to have more moles.
It is also common for moles to appear during adolescence or pregnancy as hormone levels change. Around 1 in 100 babies are born with moles which indicates that moles are also hereditary.
The vast majority of common moles are harmless or benign, but they can in some cases develop into a malignant or melanoma skin cancer.
A person who has more than 50 common moles or is routinely exposed to sunlight is particularly at risk of being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer.
Around 90% of melanoma skin cancers are caused by the cumulative effects of sun exposure.
Medical experts recommend that people wear UPF sun protective clothing and broad brim sun hats as the best way to prevent sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer.
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The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma and sun protection.
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I grew up thinking pale was beautiful till I started university in the mid 70s. Then I took a U turn and decided a tanned look would make me look more attractive. I went all out achieving a tanned look, lying out in the sun during the summer holidays, after my summer job hours and all weekends. That went on for many years.