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What a great community this is. Sadly, I am posting again wondering if I have a new melanoma?
December 2015, diagnosed with scalp (crown) melanoma, 1.65mm depth, no ulceration. CT and PET were clear, SLNB resulted in removal and biopsy of 11 LN, all clear. Excision of scalp with clean margins (skin graft from thigh).
Since that time, I have had regular derm exams at three month intervals. I also had a few bouts with headaches which resulted in MRIs. One of those was a full scan. All MRIs were clear.
Yesterday, October 2023, my wife noticed my white t-shirt that I just removed had a fair amount of dried blood on it. Upon examination it appears I have a bloody (dried) nodular looking mole on my middle back.
I am avoiding the internet other than this site but fairly certain this is a new mel as I don’t recall injury/trauma. The nodule is small but raised.
I guess this is not the place to ask if this could be anything other than melanoma?
I have no other symptoms and trying not to panic.
Lastly,I wonder if this could be metastasized from 2015 scalp cancer?
Well, sometimes new unrelated melanomas show up. (Very rare) And sometimes melanoma does metastasize to skin, although usually to primary site. Usually scalp melanoma metastasizes to the brain. So it would be pretty unlikely it would just pop up somewhere else. More likely to be a snagged cyst or something. But with a history of melanoma, you should be a seeing a derm regularly anyway. Go in. Get checked out. And if you aren’t seeing a derm. Go in.
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