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    Lisa P
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    šŸ™„ Well, after a nice, long period without getting cut on, my doc found a black spot in a mole that wasn’t there the month before. (Yup, I am checked monthly.) This particular mole was one of four that was specially photographed by a specialist at the University of Washington two years ago. The other three were removed by WLE with 3mm margins as they all came back as moderately dysplastic. Needless to say, I am more than a little anxious about this one, but have to hope that even if it is bad news (it would be my fourth melanoma in two years), that we got it really early. I hate this damn disease. At any rate, I should hear back on the biopsy results later this week. My doc did say that the pigmentation in the deep shave biopsy didn’t extend far at all, which is a good sign. Fingers are crossed. Hope all of you are doing well and I’ll report back when I have news to share.

    #61977
    waspkfd
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    Hey LISA!!! Hope all turns out well for ya,,, I have 4 removed a couple weeks ago and they said 2 had some crap in it and need to cut deeper but have had no time to get back to derm.. Now Ive noticed another on the rise,,,, does it ever end??? I really wish you well as you said I HATE THIS DESEASE šŸ˜ˆ

    #61978
    cohanja
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    Sorry, hope it turns out well. Fourth melanoma in 2 years, is it familial/genetic? Seems like you and the Dr are ok with deep shave biopsies? I’ve heard some say nothing but excisional, but then I’ve also heard deep shave it ok too.

    #61979
    Lisa P
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    No family history or evidence in the BRACA gene test, not a ton of time in the sun (a few good burns as a teen), yet here we are. My doc does deep shave biopsies if a punch isn’t big enough and then, depending on the results that come back, does a full WLE. That’s why it appears I’ve been dancing with a bear…

    #61980
    cohanja
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    Is BRACA the same as p16 genetic defect for melanoma (CDKN2A)? No family history and not a ton of sun. . but 4 different primaries? Maybe Iā€™m underestimating the likelihood of having more than 1 primary.

    #61981
    Lisa P
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    As far as I know, mine are all primaries as they were all contained and less than 1mm. I took the BRACA test which is for ovarian and breast cancer mainly, but was told there’s also a marker for the melanoma gene that showed up as negative in my results. I don’t think its the BRACA test is the one they’d do for the purpose of seeking melanoma. L

    #61982
    Lisa P
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    Thankfully and most gratefully, the pathology report shows mild atypia and, because the deep shave biopsy got the margins, I don’t need additional cutting. Hooray! :D I feel so relieved. Another bullet dodged… Thank goodness for all of you out there who help me navigate the waters when they’re rough. I can’t tell you how much your knowledge and support means. I hope all is well and thanks again, Lisa

    #61983
    cohanja
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    Excellent. Actually my Dr doesn’t even re-excise mildly atypical, even when margins are involved

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