Factors in early adolescence associated with mole-prone phenotype later

Source: Healio, June 2017

Researchers found clinical features in early adolescence that were associated with mole-prone phenotype in later adolescence, which may help identify individuals at risk for melanoma, according to recently published study results in JAMA Dermatology.

The researchers conducted a prospective cohort study from the Study of Nevi in Children, a population based study, between 2009 and 2014 with a 2- to 3-year follow-up. The baseline cohort included 569 students (mean age, 14.4 years) from the Framingham, Massachusetts, school system who were enrolled in eighth or ninth grade.

There were 417 students (mean age, 17 years, 60.2% male; 89.2% white) who were reassessed in the 11th grade, for an overall retention rate of 73.3%.

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