The study group led by Prof. Okamoto in Vienna published only recently another paper in the Journal of American Medical Association Dermatology describing risk factors of further melanomas after the diagnosis of melanoma.

Melanoma is a potentially life threatening disease with increasing numbers of affected patients world wide. Though risk factors of melanoma in general have been described extensively, there only little is known about risk factors of a second or even further melanomas.

These are the risk factors of multiple melanomas:

Number of moles play a crucial role as predictors of further melanomas. The study also stresses the importance of genetic factors as well as sun damage on the back as predictive factors of subsequent melanomas.

These risk factors help to identify those at increased risk of further melanomas after the initial melanoma and should be considered in follow up programs.

The publication can be found in the public data base of biomedical research:

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