Mole news

by Suw on January 30, 2007

Well, it turned out that my mole wasn't precisely nothing, but it wasn't particularly anything either. It showed 'moderate cytological and architectural atypia', and was a 'dysplastic compound nevus', which all appears to mean that whilst it certainly wasn't a melanoma, given my family history of melanoma, it might one day have considered turning into one.
The long and the short of it is that I have to go back next week and have another 2 – 5mm removed from where the mole was, just to make sure nothing dodgy's been left behind. It's a shame – the wound had healed really nicely. But I don't mind. Better safe than sorry.

Anonymous February 2, 2007 at 12:12 am

I'm with you there, Suw. I'll be off work for a couple of months pretty soon because I have to have a chunk of intestine removed. I'll encourage them to take out as much as is reasonably necessary so I don't have to do it again.

Anonymous February 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Good luck with the surgery Suw

Anonymous February 4, 2007 at 11:46 am

Doncha jes hate it when the docs use language like that, and all you can do is give them a deer in the headlights look until they speak English, which some of them cannot do anyway. Glad it turned out to be nothing — yet. I've had a few of those removed but never had to go back for them to dig a bigger crater. No fun… Hope it heals fast for you.

Anonymous February 16, 2007 at 9:10 am

Same here… I had a mole from my leg removed the other week and it turned out to be 'something' but definitely NOT A SKIN CANCER. Phew!
They're gonna send me to the skin doctor and that's about it really
Oh yeah they're also waiting for some second opinion (another doctor maybe??) cause they don't think they know what it is….
Oh well……….. as long as it's not skin cancer 🙂

Anonymous February 16, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Yeah, I had the same emphasis that this was NOT SKIN CANCER but that it was worth of removal, and extra-carefulness in the form of a second round of surgery. But frankly I'd much rather have a sore arm now than melanoma later.
Hope your second opinion comes through soon and that it remains in that NOT MELANOMA category. Good luck!!

Anonymous February 16, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Means a lot!
Now just like you I' m gonna have an extra removal thingy done within a couple of weeks. More scalpels, tis just great, ha ha.
I too hope everything will be alright but it's just sometimes it feels like it has no end. Oh well

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