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YAHOO!!! Had a call this morning from the Dr office, letting me know that my mole was benign!!! I’m so relieved. I’m wondering if it was just irritated from constantly being rubbed by my shoes and that led to inflammation, triggering the immune response that made the color start regressing. Who knows??? In any event, all is well. Thanks to everyone for being so supportive while I freaked out. Oh, and lesson learned . . . I will NEVER miss my skin check appointment again. Every 6 months like clockwork. Thanks, everybody. I did call this morning and left a message, but didn’t get a call back. I’m kind of annoyed by that. I mean, if they don’t have the results yet, tell me! If it was benign and they mailed out a letter this morning or whatever, tell me!!
I’m really trying not to be anxious, but it’s hard not to be. I’ve lost two people to melanoma in the past, and watched my Dad as he went through four surgeries in two months. I think my anxiety is well founded but, of course, doesn’t help the situation. So glad there are places like this where people understand.
Thanks for the welcome and the support. I did some more reading last night, and I guess a regression of color can occur when the melanoma activates immune cells. The color can regress to the point that the mole almost disappears, which makes it really dangerous because it makes it hard to diagnose. However, it looks like there is no consensus on the significance of color regression with regard to prognosis.
Catherine, I am being seen at the University of Utah. They have an associated cancer clinic (Huntsman Cancer Institute) that includes a melanoma specialty group, as there is a very high rate of familial melanoma in Utah. The Dr. who treated my dad is the head of that clinic and is supposed to be pretty good, so if it turns out to be melanoma, I will probably go to him. He did his internship at MD Anderson and does quite a bit of publishing on melanoma research. The same Cancer Institute took care of my dad when he had his brain tumor.
Gee, that was probably way more info that you wanted, LOL!