Know The Risk
If you have had breast cancer studies* show your risk of developing melanoma is up to 2.58-times greater than normal. And the risk is reciprocal. Females with melanoma have a 1.4-time greater chance of developing breast cancer. Having the BRCA2 gene also substantially increases a breast cancer survivor's risk of melanoma and having the CDKN2A gene increases a melanoma survivor's risk of breast cancer. Because of this crucial link, both breast cancer and melanoma survivors should take extra preventative and early detection measures. These include regular self-exams of the skin and breasts, annual mammograms, and annual Total-Body Skin Cancer Examsm by one of our highly trained dermatologists and dermatology providers. Moles or other growths that are asymmetric, have irregular borders, vary in color, are larger than a pencil eraser, or those that are changing in size or shape should be checked by a dermatology specialist.