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Hi all. New here. I’m a 38yo female, fair complexion, life long sunscreen wearer. With a family history of melanoma (maternal aunt and older sister). I’ve had complete skin exams a few times in my adult life with a handful of biopsies, all normal. I went for a skin exam in November and the PA got four biopsies. Two were benign. One was severely dysplastic. One was melanoma in situ. It was excised and in the following appointments and suture removals more biopsies were performed. In less than three months a total of 15 biopsies- 3 benign nevi, 1 eczema, 8 dysplastic nevi (of varying severity) and three melanomas in situ (right shoulder blade, center lower back, back of left thigh). I’ve had the three MIS excised and two other excisions (for dysplastic nevi). I’ve seen three providers in one practice during this time. All three seem unconcerned. The dermapathology reports provide very little information beyond that they were in situ and that they all formed in existing nevi. I am waiting on on appointment with a different practice for another full body skin exam. Has anyone out there had multiple melanomas in situ at the same time? I asked for genetic testing (for myself and the tumors) and was dismissed. My family also has a history of thyroid cancer in females under 40. What else should I be asking?
It happens. People here and other melanoma forums report multiple independent primaries sometimes. One user here reports 20+ It doesn’t seem to indicate an increased risk of metastasis. It does seem to increase stress so I am sorry about that.
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