After my second primary melanoma, I have myself spinning. I had pictures from 2011 of my moles and even though I’ve been seeing a dermatologist for a skin check annually I’ve identified 8 completely new or changed moles. Everything I find on the internet leads me to believe more melanomas. I’m 44 and had my last child 11 years ago so should not be hormonal.
- December 20, 2020 at 12:58 am
I know I need to talk to my doctor but just wondering if anyone has had a benign experience from a changed or new mole?
Thank you for your time.
Yeah Danielle I’ve had both new and changing lesions/moles come back as nothing more than various degrees of atypical. That said, I am a lesion producing machine, with more than 500 at any given time, and I routinely get anything new, or changing biopsied. Since you have already had 2 primaries, you are in a higher risk group for getting another one. I’ve had 14 primaries to date, and anytime I see change, or a brand new one pops up on me I make it go away quick. Biopsies are peace of mind for me. Even when it comes back as melanoma, the faster my response has been seems to be working for me. I have literally had lesions come up one week, that weren’t there the week before, and those, in my case were more problematic.
- December 20, 2020 at 2:00 am
When in doubt , and given your history, make it go away. At the very least, get with your dermatologist for a looks. Usually with a multiple primary history, they’ll biopsy it no question.
Stay vigilant, and stay in touch!
You’re quite welcome. That’s what this site is all about. I’ve been around here about 10 years now, and it has been a saving grace for me. Countless caring, giving, and highly educated people giving no nonsense, real sink your teeth into that experiences, and cutting edge treatments available. A finer bunch of folks can’t be found.
- December 20, 2020 at 2:59 am
I’ll share a real “spinning” event I had this past summer.
I had just finished a round of 9 biopsies of my most likely suspects, and was feeling pretty darn good since nothing came back worse than some severe atypical, and only two out of the nine needed a little more margins. For me that’s great!
While healing up from that round, and taking a walk around my yard, I felt something on my behind kind of itching. I reached back there and felt something that definitely didn’t belong there. Quickly took a photo of it, and my jaw hit the ground. It was was the biggest, and blackest spot I have ever seen on me. I could not believe with my constant searching of my body that I could have ever overlooked something like that. A pure meltdown shortly followed. I mean I sent pictures of my ass and this new “undoubtedly ” worse lesion in my history to family, and friends. It looked so horrible and wrong. Went to a 10 on my anxiety level. The other shoe finally dropped. I couldn’t stop looking at it, and finally started touching it a little bit, and it felt a little…sticky. I felt like I could actually peel it off, so I did.
Turned out it was a bunch of adhesive from my lower back biopsies that had bunched up, and formed the most perfect looking classic melanoma I had ever seen!
I embarrassingly had to tell everyone in my circle of course, and we were all relieved.
More than one told me I should wash my ass more often!
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