Although new treatments for cancer have been released, some patients are more likely to die from this disease than others. A recent study has stressed out that melanoma is deadlier in pregnant women or women who have given birth than in other women.
Dubbed the deadliest form of cancer, melanoma belongs to the skin cancers category. Melanoma usually develops from the skin cells containing pigments called melanocytes. According to a recent statistic, most patients diagnosed with melanoma develop this disease due to prolonged exposure to ultra-violet radiation. And approximately 25 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to abnormal moles.
But, recently, several facts have resurfaced concerning this deadly disease. According to a study performed by several medical specialists from the Cleveland Clinic, melanoma is deadlier in pregnant women and women who have given birth than in other women.
Doctor Brian Gastman, a plastic surgeon and also the lead investigator of the study, declared that the rates of metastasis, recurrence and even death are higher in women who have developed this disease during pregnancy or within a year after giving birth.
Moreover, according to the latest research, it would seem that the so-called pregnancy hormones are a spawning pool for the disease, meaning that cancer can spread quite fast during pregnancy, endangering the patient’s life and reducing their chances of surviving the 5-year period.
In order to see how the disease affects pregnant women, Gastman along with his team of medical investigators analyzed the health records of over 500 pregnant women. During 1988 and 2012, 500 women have been diagnosed with melanoma mid-pregnancy. The average age was 49 years old and the study followed their health evolution for a period of 2 years after being diagnosed with the disease.
A team of scientists from the Cleveland Clinic has uncovered that melanoma is deadlier in pregnant women or women who have given birth. According to their study, women carrying children are five times more likely to die of melanoma. The same number applies for women who have given birth, within an interval of one year. Moreover, it would seem that the rate of metastasis is seven times higher when it comes to pregnant women. In terms of recurrence, pregnant women and women who have given birth are nine times more likely to suffer from a recurrence of the disease.
Although the study did not establish the exact reason why this happens, it still if capable of supplying the attending physicians with a couple of guidelines when treating pregnant patients suffering from this disease.
A team of scientists found out that melanoma is deadlier in pregnant women or women who have given birth. Their findings were published on the 20th of January, in the journal of Dermatology.