Melanoma risks in pregnant women

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- Pregnant women should not only see an OB-BYN, but they should also be seeing a dermatologist. A new Cleveland Clinic study has shown there are links between Melanoma to pregnant women.

 

Dermatologist Dr. Madhavi Kandula visited the Fox 2 studio this morning with helpful tips and advice for pregnant women who may have Melanoma.

 

 

Fast facts:

- women diagnosed with melanoma during pregnancy were 5 times more likely to die
-7 times more likely to have metastasis
-9 times more likely to have recurrences

-Melanoma in pregnant women is much more aggressive.
The immune system changes and hormone changes account for the increase in severity.
-Pregnant women should have complete skin checks prior to getting pregnant and then after delivery.

Visit Dr. Kandula's website for more information or to schedule an appointment.