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Does Having More Than 11 Moles On Your Right Arm Mean A Higher Risk Of Suffering From Skin Cancer?

Does Having More Than 11 Moles On Your Right Arm Mean A Higher Risk Of Suffering From Skin Cancer?

As the scientific community tries to target cancer and ways to fight it, they are also trying to find ways to detect it earlier. Earlier detection allows for earlier treatment and that leads to better outcomes for the patients battling cancer. This article will give some insight on skin cancer and research being conducted to assess risks. It will also provide a link to additional information on the recent studies being conducted. This study provides a lot of hope for finding skin cancer and stopping it in it’s tracks. Something we all hope to see in our life time.

What Do These Studies Mean?

The British studies conducted to try to predict risk factors for skin cancer zero’d in on the number of moles that a person has on their body. One thing that seems clear is that people who have a greater number of moles on their bodies overall, also have a greater risk of getting skin cancer. Many physicians don’t perform a count during routine exams unless there is a concern. This leads to later detection.

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In the study they tried to isolate parts of the body to count moles and draw conclusions on what that might mean for the rest of the body. The study suggested that the body part that gave the best clue was the right arm. They were able to estimate the number of overall moles on the body based on the number of moles on that particular body part. The researches did recorded the number of moles on 17 different sites and compared them to the body as a whole to see which body part best showed how the body as a whole was. The right arm was seemingly the most accurate indication of what the rest of the body would show in terms of moles.

How Was Study Conducted?

British researchers initially conducted the study using sets of twins (that were female and white.) Then the study was repeated with women and men. Adding in more variables. They found that if you had over 11 moles on your right arm the risk is higher for having skin cancer. People who had over 11 moles on their right arm had over 100 moles on their whole body. This is important because the number of moles is reflective of chances that a person will have skin cancer.

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Additional Information

Other interesting points facts that were turned up in the study pointed to where people will most likely find skin cancer. Surprisingly women and men differ in the places that they are most likely to find them. Women will usually find the cancerous mole on their arms or legs, while men will typically find the mole on their back.

The article on Washington Post states that previous studies show a risk increase of 2 to 4 percent per mole.

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The study is summed up best with a quote from Ribero from the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology when he says this study “Would mean that more patients at risk of melanoma can be identified and monitored.”

While this research gets us closer, there are things you can do yourself to keep track of your moles. There was a new app released from the Oregon Health & Science University called Mole Mapper that allows track your moles. Important information like size and the ability to take photos to see how the shape may change over time are some of the key features to help users have a more active role in monitoring their moles. If you are unable to go to the dermatologist or primary physician this app is the next best thing in mole tracking.

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Please head to this site for additional information on the 11 mole rule and what it means for skin cancer.

Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnancy in life, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help.

Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

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1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths.

Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation.

What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem.

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If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave.

Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future.

These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

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4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’re 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward.

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Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years.

On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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