About 6 months ago I had a very small stage 1 melonoma removed from my back. I am a 64 year old female and have never had a problem before. Since then I have had over 12 of a similar type removed as well as 13 spots with pre-cancerous cells. I now see new moles poping up every week and immediately go to my dermatologist who has put me on a "come in immediately" schedule. on every visit she does bio's on the new "moles". 2 weeks ago I had 22 samples taken where 3 were melonomas and 7 were pre-cancerous. I had the 3 melonomas removed yesterday and scheduled the 7 pre-cancers removal for next week. Today I went to her and had 5 more bio's done on new moles that were not there 2 weeks ago. I have not been able to heal from any removal surgery before I am having more. Have you ever heard of such a thing? I stayed out of the sun all of my life and do not have a cancer history in my family. All of the melonomas are very small from .15 to .25 mm in depth and barely visible.
There are known inherited syndromes that predispose some people to developing melanomas (and at least one of these syndromes is also associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, as well). However, other genetic factors, besides an inherited cancer gene mutation, may also predispose individual patients to developing melanoma.
In your case, I certainly agree with your Dermatologist's aggressive approach to surveillance, and her low threshold to perform biopsies. As your melanomas have been "thin melanomas" so far, your Dermatologist is doing a great job!
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