Doctors warn tattoos over moles, birthmarks may hide melanoma

July 31, 2013 8:03 PM

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Doctors warn tattoos over moles, birthmarks may hide melanoma

If you're going to get a tattoo, you might want to chose a design that doesn't cover a mole or a birthmark.

A case report in the July 31 issue of JAMA Dermatology shows that there have been at least 16 cases of melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- that have developed on a pigmented spot covered by a tattoo.

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