Melanoma Insitu

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by kattdan72 on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:34 am

Melanoma Insitu

Hi, had a mole removed in November last year which was a melanoma Insitu and then extra skin removed this year to be sure all cells were got. Now that it's happened once am I more prone for it to happen again?

I should have asked the dermatologist at the time but was still not believing it could happen.
Thank you.

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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:31 pm

Re: Melanoma Insitu

Dear Kattdan72,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you had melanoma but it is great news that it was detected and removed at a very early stage - melanoma in situ. Melanoma in situ stage means that it is 100% curable and there is no risk of recurrence or spread in future. This is great news!

However, you are correct that if you had melanoma in situ you are at a higher risk, than the other people, of developing another melanoma in future. Therefore you have to be very careful /sensible with sun protection and you need to do monthly self examinations of your skin. If you think that you developed an unusual mole or a preexisting mole changed you need to see your GP or dermatologist.

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
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