The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content within the patient forum is user-generated and has not been reviewed by medical professionals. Other sections of the Melanoma Research Foundation website include information that has been reviewed by medical professionals as appropriate. All medical decisions should be made in consultation with your doctor or other qualified medical professional.
I just returned from my 6-month derm appointment and he removed a small 2mm mole from my back. I’ve been going to this derm for over 3 years and religiously a follow up every six months. More often than not, something gets cut out during each visit. So far I’ve had one severely atypical mole which needed to get a WLE and another 4 removed which varied from nothing to moderately atypical. Given the size of the mole, and my history, is this the new normal for me? When do you watch and wait as opposed to biopsy? I didn’t get a chance to ask the derm but as someone who doesn’t have a family history, not a sun worshipper, and is approaching his mid-40s, do I go for mole mapping or just dread the biannual appointment waiting to get something else removed?
You need to have confidence in your doctor. If you feel like he is doing to many biopsies, by all means find a new doctor. I am almost five years out with with bi-annual skin checks and my doctor never has done a biopsy. There are ranges with each doctor. You have to fee comfortable, if you have doubts try a new dermatologist, someone who has some experience with melanoma.
The MRF Patient Forum is the oldest and largest online community of people affected by melanoma. It is designed to provide peer support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. There is no better place to discuss different parts of your journey with this cancer and find the friends and support resources to make that journey more bearable.
The information on the forum is open and accessible to everyone. To add a new topic or to post a reply, you must be a registered user. Please note that you will be able to post both topics and replies anonymously even though you are logged in. All posts must abide by MRF posting policies.
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is leading the melanoma community to transform melanoma from one of the deadliest cancers to one of the most treatable through research. education and advocacy.
The Melanoma Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION OR ENDORSEMENT OF ANY DRUG, DEVICE OR TREATMENT OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR DRUG, DEVICE OR TREATMENT IS SAFE, APPROPRIATE OR EFFECTIVE FOR YOU. QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY DRUG, DEVICE OR TREATMENT SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.