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Skin check time and more biopsies…

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      I got lucky last time in July (six month check), no biopsies required. This time (today) not so lucky, two freckles have to go: one has been checked many times as it is a bit of an ugly duckling – at last the doc wants to take it off. The second is not new and I really can't see anything odd, it's a light brown freckle on my back which apparently  under the scope has a blue-grey veil (eek!). So two biopsies schedled for 30/1 – gonna get a 2nd opinion and maybe earlier biopsy this afternoon because I don't really want to have to wait 2 wks for biopsy then another week for result (2nd doc will look at it this afternoon and if he also thinks it needs to be excised will excise it Monday afternoon, nice and quick). Waiting for excisions/biopsies is the absolute pits.

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        Aloha14
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          Sounds like a good idea to get the 2nd opinion and get the biopsies done especially with the holidays here and delays from that. Good luck with this and let us know how things come out. 

          Aloha14
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            Sounds like a good idea to get the 2nd opinion and get the biopsies done especially with the holidays here and delays from that. Good luck with this and let us know how things come out. 

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                Thanks for your well wishes. Update: got a 2nd opinion today, doc (skin cancer specialist, so probably more informed than GP) could not find anything with a blue-grey veil on my shoulder… took a good look at 2nd freckle (on leg) and concluded we should take it off as one side is 'straighter' than the rest of it (which is rounded). Asymmetrical, in other words. Better safe than sorry… fortunately, and I can't ask for beter service than this, he had a cancellation for lunch time tomorrow so it's coming off then. He would have also taken the shoulder freckle off but he just doesn't see anything sus and I don't know which one it is (doc did not have mirror so could not show me, he said he put a pen mark near it but I can't see it). Not sure how long path will take, hopefully Mon or Tue. Just need to have a vent: this leg freckle stands out because it is kind of an ugly duckling on my leg. Since my first (of three) melanomas in January last year, I have asked three separate docs to look at it and perhaps take it off as a precautionary thing. All three – and one was a derm – refused and said it wasn't necessary. On the one hand, this should give me comfort as it hasn't changed since these three inspections – on the other hand, the bloody thing could have been taken off two years ago. It hasn't changed in the meantime but it definitely has the 'ugly duckling' sign, quite different to anything else on my leg. One doc even imaged and reimaged it three months later – no change. Fingers crossed it's just a weird freckle but with melanoma it's once bitten, twice shy…

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                  Thanks for your well wishes. Update: got a 2nd opinion today, doc (skin cancer specialist, so probably more informed than GP) could not find anything with a blue-grey veil on my shoulder… took a good look at 2nd freckle (on leg) and concluded we should take it off as one side is 'straighter' than the rest of it (which is rounded). Asymmetrical, in other words. Better safe than sorry… fortunately, and I can't ask for beter service than this, he had a cancellation for lunch time tomorrow so it's coming off then. He would have also taken the shoulder freckle off but he just doesn't see anything sus and I don't know which one it is (doc did not have mirror so could not show me, he said he put a pen mark near it but I can't see it). Not sure how long path will take, hopefully Mon or Tue. Just need to have a vent: this leg freckle stands out because it is kind of an ugly duckling on my leg. Since my first (of three) melanomas in January last year, I have asked three separate docs to look at it and perhaps take it off as a precautionary thing. All three – and one was a derm – refused and said it wasn't necessary. On the one hand, this should give me comfort as it hasn't changed since these three inspections – on the other hand, the bloody thing could have been taken off two years ago. It hasn't changed in the meantime but it definitely has the 'ugly duckling' sign, quite different to anything else on my leg. One doc even imaged and reimaged it three months later – no change. Fingers crossed it's just a weird freckle but with melanoma it's once bitten, twice shy…

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                    Update: got the all clear. Whew!

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                      Update: got the all clear. Whew!

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                        Update: got the all clear. Whew!

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                          Thanks for your well wishes. Update: got a 2nd opinion today, doc (skin cancer specialist, so probably more informed than GP) could not find anything with a blue-grey veil on my shoulder… took a good look at 2nd freckle (on leg) and concluded we should take it off as one side is 'straighter' than the rest of it (which is rounded). Asymmetrical, in other words. Better safe than sorry… fortunately, and I can't ask for beter service than this, he had a cancellation for lunch time tomorrow so it's coming off then. He would have also taken the shoulder freckle off but he just doesn't see anything sus and I don't know which one it is (doc did not have mirror so could not show me, he said he put a pen mark near it but I can't see it). Not sure how long path will take, hopefully Mon or Tue. Just need to have a vent: this leg freckle stands out because it is kind of an ugly duckling on my leg. Since my first (of three) melanomas in January last year, I have asked three separate docs to look at it and perhaps take it off as a precautionary thing. All three – and one was a derm – refused and said it wasn't necessary. On the one hand, this should give me comfort as it hasn't changed since these three inspections – on the other hand, the bloody thing could have been taken off two years ago. It hasn't changed in the meantime but it definitely has the 'ugly duckling' sign, quite different to anything else on my leg. One doc even imaged and reimaged it three months later – no change. Fingers crossed it's just a weird freckle but with melanoma it's once bitten, twice shy…

                        Aloha14
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                          Sounds like a good idea to get the 2nd opinion and get the biopsies done especially with the holidays here and delays from that. Good luck with this and let us know how things come out. 

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