Women who have been diagnosed with melanoma either during or within one year of their pregnancy have a much higher rate of death, says a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
For the study, research was conducted among 462 women by Dr. Brian Gastman, a plastic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic.
They also discovered women with melanoma who were pregnant (or recently pregnant) are nearly seven times more likely to develop metastasis, the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body, than women with melanoma who are not pregnant.
If you are pregnant or have just had a baby, make an appointment with your doctor to get your skin checked. Remember: early detection is key when it comes to skin cancer.