Post # 1
Any bees that have had melanoma, or had a famly member with melanoma? My mom had melanoma 6 years ago, but I also had an uncle diagnosed with it as well. Their doctors took totally different approaches. The first year after her diagnosis (they removed it as well as a few lymph nodes to check) she had a chest x-ray, liver function tests, and eye exams every three months, as well as full body checks. Her doctor said that if they didn’t get it all & it were to spread, that where it would show up first. After the first year they spaced those other tests out to every 6 months. After the second year, they stopped with the chest xrays, liver function & eye tests, but have continued the full body checks. She’s planning on continuing the 6 month full body check indefinitely at this point. My uncle had his removed and that was it. No further testing or visits to the doctor ever. My mom’s doctor even checks under her toenails at her full body checks.
I’m just curious if other people with melanoma have continuous check ups or not?
Post # 3
I don’t know anyone with melanoma but i personally would rather be safe then sorry…
Post # 4
My grandpa had melanoma taken out three times, and my uncle has had it once. They both do continuous check-ups. If they hadn’t, my grandpa’s melanoma wouldn’t have been caught the second and third times.
Post # 5
@discodance: Continuous checkups seems so much better.. that’s why I was so suprised my uncle’s doctor never did any sort of follow up! The body checks did find another spot which did turn out to be skin cancer for my mom, so it clearly paid off. My mom feels so much better going for the checks!
Post # 6
I’ve never had melanoma but I have had a few suspicious moles removed. I go see my derm every 6 months for a complete check. She looks from under/between my toes all the way up to my scalp and in my hair (and everywhere) in between. She also takes pictures and measurements of some of my more funny looking moles to track.
I’d say better safe than sorry. Melanoma is a scary cancer but it preventable/treatable if the right precautions are taken.