I went to a dermatologist for a spot on my leg that was hurting....luckily it was only a cyst. However, she noticed that one of my moles was concerning so she removed it and took a quick look at my back and removed two more. I am only 31 and never even thought that I needed to worry about my moles yet. They came back abnormal, I went in for what I thought was a full body check. The PA did NOT check my whole body (I wish I had known at that time what a full body check was supposed to be) she removed 5 more, 3 from my back, one from my stomach and another one from my leg. Four of those came back abnormal, the other one the doctor sent back to confirm that to him it appears to be Melanoma. I have since met with a cancer genetists who thinks I need to be tested for Dysplastic Nevi Syndrome due to my family history of cancer and the amount of moles that I have.
Well anyways, it has been over three weeks since I found out that it may be Melanoma. Does it always take this long to find out? I am trying not to worry too much but I seriously have not been sleeping well at all and am about at my breaking point. Many people in my life do not understand why I am concerned as most of them do not understand there is a difference between Melanoma and the other types of skin cancer that are not as threatening.
I already know that once my pathology comes back (hopefully tomorrow) I am going to go to a different dermatologist as I keep finding moles that look similar to the ones that were removed. And I don't know if I am just paranoid now but I swear everytime I look in the mirror I find a new mole that I didn't know I had. I am also worried about my daughter, she is 7 and has had several moles appear lately. Is this normal or should I be worried about what this means for her?
I am sorry for the rambling, I just don't know what to expect and am not finding much support in my personal life.