Hello! This is my first time joining any sort of forum. I'm a 29 y/o female living in Washington State, and have had two melanoma in-situs since August 2015. My vigilance has luckily led to catching both early, and in 2014 as I have 100+ moles, I had photos taken of my body so I can compare. These came in handy in 2015, as I had a skin check with a new dermatologist which was clear, I went home and happened to catch a glimpse of a mole on my back that didn't look strange, but wasn't in my photos. I went back to the dermatologist, she removed it, and it was melanoma in-situ. I now have a long scar on my back that looks like I was stabbed, but feel lucky, and switched dermatologists.
Just when my new dermatologist said I should move from an appointment every three months out to six months, the shave biopsy she took resulted in another melanoma in situ. I had it excised with a derm surgeon, which came back as it being too close to the margin, so I'll have more taken out even though tomorrow I was to get the stitches out.
The two most complicated feelings I have are 1) how many other melanomas do I have on my body considering the number of moles and my genetic predisposition and 2) how can I minimize the scarring that I'm going to have as it impacts my self esteem?