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    Webbie73
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    Upon my urging my friend finally went to a my dermatology group to have a mole on her breast looked at. The biopsy came back as melanoma in situ. The doctor referred her to a cancer breast surgeon for her excision which has both of us confused. They have on staff a surgeon who did both of my WLE. The only reason the doctor gave was they did not have a breast cancer surgeon on staff. What do you make of this? She is freaking out. She does not have the pathology report.

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    Catherine Poole
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    Guess the doctor was worried about cosmetics? Not sure, but probably felt more comfortable with a breast specialist. But these are two distinctly different cancers, breast and melanoma. I would reassure your friend not to worry it is both.

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    Worrywart
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    The breast is a sensitive area, that is why she was referred out. Even though just in situ, it is still quite a chunk taken out.

    Good job saving a life!!!

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    Webbie73
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    Thank you. I am just glad she finally listened to me. I figured the referral was something to do with the anatomy of a breast.

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    Mrscoleman10111
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    Id say cosmetic could have some to do with it. Some insurance policys will see it as Breast Cancer and cover reconstructive or symmetrical surgery if needed.

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