Melanoma Risks in Pregnant Women

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.