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I have malignant melanoma. How often should I be checked?

I have many dark and irregular moles , I was checked over by a dermatologist in the US in Jan, and he told me their some that should be watched. I should mention I had two Melanoma surgeries, and many pre cancerous biopsies done. The full melanomas were now 10 years ago, so how often should I be checked?
Asked On : Thu, 2 Sep 2010
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Welcome to HCM.
If the melanoma suddenly increases in size or unusually itchy or painful, you should immediately consult a dermatologist, otherwise once in a year should suffice.
Avoid scratiching the melanoma frequently, because constant irritation could induce a melanoma to become malignant.
Wish you all the best.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sumanth.P's  Response

Thanks for posting your query.

The follow up schedule is based on the appearance of new lesions their number and the rate of growth.
Be in frequent touch with your doctor and consult whenever you find new lesions though they are small.
In case if you are not having any fresh lesions consult your doctor as suggested by him.

Hope I have answered your query.

Wishing you good health.


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