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Persisting melasma around forehead, around eyes, has breast cancer, stopped contraceptive pill, taking tamoxifen

I am 43 and have melasma on my forehead and around my eyes. I thought it was due to the contraceptive pill, which I was on for 14 years. I stopped taking the pill in November when I was diagnosed with breast cancer . I assumed my melasma would gradually disappear, however 6 months later I still have pigmentation. I am currently taking tamoxifen.
Fri, 8 Jun 2012
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Hi tania,

Melasma may not be due oral pill always. It may be due to some other skin disorder. Since you have been already on tamoxifen I guess you have been properly treated with surgery and chemo/ radiotherapy or both for your carcinoma breast. A 14 year old melasma may not be due to cancer of breast also. You need a dermatologist consultation for your melasma management. Tamoxifen must not be stopped.

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim
Surgical Oncologist
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