Parkinson’s Disease May Raise Risk of Melanoma

“When compared to those without Parkinson’s disease, WebMD reports that men with Parkinson’s were twice as likely to develop melanoma – and that women with Parkinson’s disease were also more likely to be diagnosed with this skin cancer. “

“The message for anyone, especially for those who may have an increased risk for melanoma, is to go and get skin exams,” says Michelle S. Greene, MD, dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City “Know the signs of melanoma,” she says. Suspicious moles may be asymmetrical, have ragged, notched or blurred borders, and changes in color distribution, size, or shape.”

Read more from Dr. Green about skin cancer detection and treatment here .