• My daughter has pre-cancerous melanoma moles--what next?

    Asked by bsnow on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    My daughter has pre-cancerous melanoma moles--what next?

    My daughter has pre-cancerous melanoma moles--her biological father has melanoma in the family---we go for mole checks every 6 months and we've had 3 biopsy at this juncture. While we currently don't have "cancer" I'm concerned we are doing all the right things. Does this sound familiar to anybody out there? Are there any decisions we should be taking right now?

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    • maddie1's Avatar

      It sound like you're doing the right thing with the constant follow ups. If you or your daughter notices anything different with her skin or moles, make an appointment as soon as possible. You will have to be diligent with regards to her skin. Good luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Ter's Avatar

      You should be commended for being so diligent! The only suggestion I would make is that you seriously consider having any suspicious moles, etc. removed BEFORE they become a problem. Obviously, I am not a physician and you should follow their recommendation first and foremost, but when it comes to melanoma (or any other cancer, for the matter) I believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Good luck to you and your daughter!

      almost 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I think the key point here is PRECANCEROUS... which has lead you to routine exams... As far as I understand it, your doctors will let you know when you actually need to worry.

      And.. a picture is worth a 1000 words... If your daughter has unusual moles... take pictures of them! Then, you can make very detailed comparisons and go in when something looks different. Ask her docs about how to go about doing this right...

      In this case... an ounce of prevention is probably worth like 10000 pounds of cure! If nothing precancerous every goes cancerous... then that's just plain fabulous. GOOD LUCK!

      almost 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      PS - the docs have probably given you advice about sun exposure? FOLLOW IT! Err on the side of less sun rather than more sunscreen.... They make these really cool arm coolers that also serve as sun block... I wear them while I'm cycling. Google "arm coolers" and you'll get tons of results. She can pick from many interesting and cool patterns.

      almost 9 years ago
    • outdoorboywa's Avatar

      A good offense is the best defense. I don't know if you have read or seen the DVD "Crazy Sexy Cancer" but I like the philosophy of proactively creating a positive life despite the idea that cancer may enter it at some point or is already a part of it. Having good docs you feel comfortable communicating with is a big part of that. Sounds like you have a great start.

      almost 9 years ago
    • James' Avatar

      Am not a physician but am uncertain of your description that your daughter has "pre cancerous melanoma moles. Did a dermatologist diagnose these and how did he determine that the moles were already melanomas. If so I believe he would have recommended removal ASAP. This type of skin cancer versus other types (squamous, basil cell, etc.) is more aggressive and should be treated ASAP. The longer you wait the more major the surgery involved. You do not indicate the age of your daughter but if she is still young and has a tendency to develope skin cancer she must be more careful. We are now beginning to see the consequences of the good life on the beaches of our youth. Hope she will take heed.James

      almost 9 years ago
    • Welchga's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Melanoma in 1999. I have fair skin and suffered many sunburns in my youth. I was an avid swimmer who lived in Indiana. We were never taught about Melanoma. My cancer was removed with surgery and I have been cancer free without any other treatment. Many are not so lucky. Today I had surgery on one of two pre-cancerous Melanoma's on my back. Both were moles. My Dermatologist has not reccommeded an oncologist at this point. He said they were pre-cancerous and the surgery should prevent any cancer. He is performing the same surgery, removal with margins, as if it was Melanoma because of my past history. I am on this website because I can't remember what he called these pre-cancerous moles, but there is a medical name. I would not take any chances. Get second opinions and have the stuff removed. Hope this helps.

      over 8 years ago
    • AnnaMontana's Avatar

      Mole checks every 6 months seem to be the standard of care for both an actual melanoma diagnosis, and a "fear of melanoma" diagnosis. I know how scary it can be in the middle 5 and a half months though!! Doesn't it seem like there should be a more active course of action? I've found a very delicate balance between trusting my dermatologist (who I'm best friends with after 4 years) and trusting my gut about moles that just don't look the way I remember them. I've called for appointments between those 6 month visits just to get his opinion about things.

      And yes, I always stay diligent about all the other cancer prevention strategies: moderate diet, plenty of exercise, limit sun exposure, etc. etc. etc. etc. Hope this helps!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Erin123's Avatar

      I am 16 years old and I have just been told I have pre-melonomic moles. A week after my biopsy, I was required to get the moles removed. Now a few weeks on, I have had my stitches removed and I will have two scars on my body from where the minor surgery tools place.
      I know cancer is dangerous, as I now many who have lost their lives to it, but how worried should I be with my moles. The doctor who removed them said that it's not good, but I guess it's hard for me to accept that I may have full melonoma in the future.

      over 8 years ago

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