It's been a while since I have posted on here. Here is a little background on my family...My mom was diagnosed with MM 3 1/2 years ago with four primary melanomas (deepest one had her staged at IIC). She moved to Stage IIIB after several intransit mets were removed near the site of one of her primaries. She has been NED for 2 1/2 years and is doing great! Six months after my mom's originial MM diagnosis, my sister was diagnosed with MM with two primaries. Fortunately, she is staged at IA. She has been NED since her diagnosis. Doctors have suggested there is a good possibility of our family having the familial atypical multiple mole melanoma syndrome. We have not done genetic testing.
With that being said, I have been closely monitored by my dermatologist twice a year for skin checks. I have a number of biopsies done with 3-4 moles being mildly to moderately atypical. I just recently had a mole removed from my upper chest area. My derm called me today with the results. That mole was moderately atypical, however, the mole also had some characteristics that melanomas tend to have. She started telling me what those characteristics were, but she immediately lost me on that. On Monday, I'm going to get her to fax me a copy of the path report. The following week, I'm going for a re-excision.
I was wondering, is this normal? She said none of my other moles that were atypical had these characteristics. Should I request to have another pathologist look at the biopsy? I have always thought that an atypical mole was atypical and melanoma was melanoma. She has really confused me! Any advice would be appreciated!