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9 year old shave biopsy

Forums Pediatric & AYA Melanoma Community 9 year old shave biopsy

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    tcadwallader
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    I am new to this community but I am frantically searching for answers, reassurance, etc.  My 9 year old son has multiple moles on his back and neck.  They have all been checked by our pediatrican within the last year and have "looked good".  Within the last 9 months I have noticed a pink, raised mole that has rigid boarders and seems to be growing quickly on his back.  I took him to the dermatologist and they referred to it as an "ugly duckling" and recommended doing a shave biopsy right away.  I am worried sick and wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience?!?!?

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      _Paul_
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      Poor little guy.

      I am covered with moles. Over the years I had several ugly ducklings removed, and they always came back benign. For some reason, the Dr. would always remove the entire mole instead of just doing a shave or a punch. I guess they must have been really ugly! ;)

      Anyway, the chances are very good that it is just an irregular mole. But I would go with the dermatologist's recommendation to get it biopsied. The sooner you do this, the less time you will have to endure worrying.

      Best of luck – Paul.

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        tcadwallader
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        Thank you Paul.  We actually opted to do the shave biopsy on Friday (5/22).  Just waiting on results.  Thank you again for the reassurance!  I'll update as soon as I hear.  Fingers crossed!

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        Just know that melanoma in children is very rare!  If it is positive, get a second opinion from an expert. Hopefully it will all turn out fine.

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        Just know that melanoma in children is very rare!  If it is positive, get a second opinion from an expert. Hopefully it will all turn out fine.

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        Just know that melanoma in children is very rare!  If it is positive, get a second opinion from an expert. Hopefully it will all turn out fine.

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        malika
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        If the biopsy does come back as melanoma, post back here.  There are several of us whose children have melanoma; my son was 8 when he was diagnosed (stage 3B).  At 11 years old now, he is doing great.

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        malika
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        If the biopsy does come back as melanoma, post back here.  There are several of us whose children have melanoma; my son was 8 when he was diagnosed (stage 3B).  At 11 years old now, he is doing great.

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        malika
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        If the biopsy does come back as melanoma, post back here.  There are several of us whose children have melanoma; my son was 8 when he was diagnosed (stage 3B).  At 11 years old now, he is doing great.

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        tcadwallader
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        Thank you Paul.  We actually opted to do the shave biopsy on Friday (5/22).  Just waiting on results.  Thank you again for the reassurance!  I'll update as soon as I hear.  Fingers crossed!

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        tcadwallader
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        Thank you Paul.  We actually opted to do the shave biopsy on Friday (5/22).  Just waiting on results.  Thank you again for the reassurance!  I'll update as soon as I hear.  Fingers crossed!

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      _Paul_
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      Poor little guy.

      I am covered with moles. Over the years I had several ugly ducklings removed, and they always came back benign. For some reason, the Dr. would always remove the entire mole instead of just doing a shave or a punch. I guess they must have been really ugly! ;)

      Anyway, the chances are very good that it is just an irregular mole. But I would go with the dermatologist's recommendation to get it biopsied. The sooner you do this, the less time you will have to endure worrying.

      Best of luck – Paul.

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      _Paul_
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      Poor little guy.

      I am covered with moles. Over the years I had several ugly ducklings removed, and they always came back benign. For some reason, the Dr. would always remove the entire mole instead of just doing a shave or a punch. I guess they must have been really ugly! ;)

      Anyway, the chances are very good that it is just an irregular mole. But I would go with the dermatologist's recommendation to get it biopsied. The sooner you do this, the less time you will have to endure worrying.

      Best of luck – Paul.

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