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Curious about Frequency of Appointments

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Curious about Frequency of Appointments

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      Hi! I have been melanoma free for a year following my removal of my Stage 1a Melanoma and subsequent margin removal. I asked my doctor if I could move out to 5 month follow ups. He was pretty hesitant (my next one was 4 months so I was just wanting to stretch it out for mental health reasons, less appointments less fretting). I figure if something pops up I am not waiting for the 5 months anyway. My original melanoma was .30 mm Breslow, no ulceration. Also it was a new spot not an old mole. Anyway, should I just stick to the 4 months? I am second guessing, mainly because I know of two people whose melanomas cropped back up, to hear them tell it the second spot regrew in weeks. Now they are Stage 3. Theirs were over 1mm to begin with however. Would you stick with the 4 months or let it ride at the 5 months? I am VERY vigilant to watch spots. I found my own melanoma, my own basal cell, and own abnormal mole. I love my doctor who I started with after diagnosis by regular doctor and he is perfect for me, a blend of precision and relaxed humor. I know I am pretty blessed it was a Stage 1a but there is that 5 years to traverse. He says it is super important for 72 months. Which on reflection I don’t know why that is?
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