A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggest that “genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles and freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to … melanoma later in life”. Investigators collected DNA samples and sun exposure information from 477 kids. After following the children from 2004 to 2008, “found that the number of moles and freckles increased each year, as did the number of total number of sunburns, waterside vacations and chronic sun exposure”. One researcher said, “Kids with the gene variant tied to blue eyes were more susceptible to the development of moles compared to kids without the gene.” DAOPM encourages full skin checks for all ages and skin types, especially those with blue eyes and red hair as the research suggests so that a baseline of the moles and freckles can be established. Don’t put it off for yourself or your family, call us or make an appointment today.