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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.

    Catherine Poole

    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.


    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!!!


    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.


    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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