Iris pigmented lesions- a predictive marker for melanoma risk

Iris pigmented lesions- a predictive marker for melanoma risk

An Australian study published this week in the British Journal of Dermatology assessed whether iris pigmented lesions are a predictive indicator for cutaneous melanoma.

Led by Associate Professor Rick Sturm and Professor H Peter Soyer from University of Queensland’s Dermatology Research Institute; the case-controlled study of 1,117 participants of European background showed that the presence of three or more iris pigmented lesions increases melanoma risk 1.45-fold. This association was particularly strong in people under 40, suggesting the potential utility of these lesions as a marker for melanoma risk in younger patients.

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