Moles tell a lot more about health

A recent study by researchers from Kings’ college, London reveal that people with more than 100 moles on their body have less chance of osteoporosis or brittle bones. The study conducted among 1,200 identical and non-identical twins aged between 17-89 shows that the cells in people with large number of moles have an inherent ability to repair itself because it has longer telomeres which controls cell division. High mole numbers are directly connected with longer telomeres and longer telomeres protect skin, bones, muscles, heart and eyes from the effects of ageing. The study also revealed that people with more than 100 moles show lesser bone density and 50 percent lesser chance of osteoporosis in

their later life compared to those with 25 moles or lesser. According to the researchers moles are the visible manifestation of many health benefits like slow ageing. But, its effectiveness against brittle bones has been identified recently. Dr Veronique Bataille, a dermatologist at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital stresses on the relationship between moles and ageing. “Some people will have two moles, some people will have 600, but when you have a patient with lots of moles, we noticed they tended to age better,” observed Dr. Bataille. Researchers also warn that people with huge number of moles have higher chances of skin and colon cancer. “As a clinician, when I get a patient with lots of moles, I automatically want to know about their family history of cancer, so I can think about prevention. This is not just melanoma, but also more common cancers such as breast and colon cancer,” says Dr. Bataille.  She also adds that there are only 5,000 cases of skin cancer a year compared with 39,000 cases of bowel cancer.  –  Veronique Bataille – MD PhD FRCP Biography;  Dr Veronique Bataille trained at the Louvain Medical School in Brussels and graduated in July 1985 with magnum cum laude. She worked in many teaching hospitals in London and started her dermatology training at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas Hospital in 1989. She then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Holborn and the Royal London Hospital as a clinical research fellow

where she completed her PhD on the genetic epidemiology of skin and eye melanoma in 1995 under the supervision of Professor Julia Newton Bishop, Professor Jack Cuzick and Professor Tim Bishop. In 1993, Dr Bataille had the opportunity to spend several months in the Sydney Melanoma Unit in Australia, one of the busiest melanoma unit in the world. In 1994, she moved to St George’s Hospital in London where she spent 2 years as a Senior Registrar also working in the Pigmented Lesion Clinic and Melanoma Clinic. Dr Bataille became an accredited consultant dermatologist in 1996 and is on the specialist registry for dermatology of the UK General Medical Council. In 1996, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry where she continued her interest in the genetics of melanoma and other skin cancers. At Barts and the London Hospital, she was the lead clinician for the provision of clinical services in melanoma. She also supervised research fellows, research nurses and lab technicians on various projects on skin cancers. Dr Bataille is currently working at the West Hertfordshire Trust where she is also providing specialised care for patients with skin cancers. Over the last 8 years, Dr Bataille has also set up many projects at the Twin Research Unit at St Thomas Hospital in London

where she has studied the genetic influence on common skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and moles in more than 2000 twins. She has been trained in many aspects of medical statistics using the Stata and the Mx software. Dr Bataille became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in May 2000. Dr Bataille has published in many dermatology, genetic and cancer journals and has presented abstracts at national and international meetings over the last 13 years. She regularly writes reviews and book chapters on skin cancer and reviews manuscripts for many dermatology journals. She is assistant editor for the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology Journal. Since 1996 Dr Bataille has acted as a consultant and advisor for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In 2003, Dr Bataille was appointed as the dermatology consultant for L’Oreal Paris. Dr Bataille also practices privately at Princess Grace Hospital, London where she sees patients with all dermatological conditions but specialises in skin cancers, melanoma, familial melanoma, atypical naevi and family cancer syndromes.  Sources:,  &  King’s College London (It is one of the top 25 universities in the world 2010 QS international world rankings)


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