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Mitotic rate indicates how many cancerous cells are dividing . The higher, the more prone to spreading the cells are.
However, from what I understand, mitotic rate is not taken into account anymore in the latest staging standards for Melanoma. Besides, the mitotic rate and definition is very vague and tests have shown that if you give the same sample to a bunch of pathologist, each will come up with a different mitotic rate, hence not reproducable.
If I recall correctly it was the suspected rate of change but it does not hold a lot of weight. The overall staging is much more important. Assuming your melanoma was removed, you are continuing to seek derm visits as advised, and you are avoiding sun exposure you are doing everything you should be. Do not be surprised if you have more mole removals in your future.
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