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Re: A concern
Jun 2, 2009
I know people usually speak of individuals having a lot of moles to be subject to melanoma, but that is not entirely the case. Melanoma can develop from an existing mole, so the more moles a person has, the better their odds are of developing melanoma. But other factors are far more important: fair skin and exposure to the sun's rays are far more important. I, too, have reddish hair, fair skin, blue eyes, and have suffered multiple sunburns in my teens/20s. I was a prime candidate for melanoma, and I did have one, unfortunately. That DOESN'T mean you do! But you do need to have this checked out.

With melanoma becoming one of the most common cancers today, and due to it's aggressive nature, I get so irritated with doctors who cannot be bothered with taking a simple skin biopsy. I'm sorry to vent, but this is becoming a pet peeve of mine. Okay, deep breath....

While melanoma is on the rise, it is still one of the most rare of skin cancers. Chances are what you have might not be anything at all, and may be perfectly benign. It is best to have it removed and biopsied just to be sure.

Personally, I have quite a few moles, as well as quite a few freckles. Since my melanoma, I have been having lots of new moles popping up - tiny and regular, but at 49 years of age, this is not really normal. My melanoma did not evolve from an existing mole. It started as a freckle on my left knee, and I'm not even sure what drew my attention to it at first. But it grew into a "mole" very quickly, within a month. It didn't fit any of the "A, B, C, D, E's" of melanoma - it was perfectly round, crisp borders, about the same color as any other mole, less than 1/4", but it did grow quickly. Except for the fact that it "popped" up, I probably wouldn't have thought anything of it. Luckily, when I had my phyisical 2 months after I noticed it, my doctor agreed to remove it. We both didn't think any more of it. We were both shocked when it came back as melanoma.

I was lucky. I was very lucky. My melanoma only had a max of 4 months to grow. Even with that, it was .77 milimeters thick (at 1 milimeters, a sentinal node biopsy it performed) so it was growing really fast.

Now, that's my story. I don't want to frighten you! You don't state that the growth on your thigh was bleeding or itching, which is a good sign for the length of time it was there. Do get a copy of the pathology report, however, even if it comes back clean, and hold onto it. And I would make an appointment with a dermatologist anyway. Begin fair-skinned and having had numerous sunburns and now this, you might want to have regular, annual skin checks done to put your mind at ease.

Good luck, and let us know how this plays out for you!

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