I had a bx returned as "spindle cell melanoma arising in atypical nevus" with "indeterminate malignant potential" in June 2001. The area was removed but not known if it was fully excised (long story) and I was advised by surgeon that because of the area and other factors it would be a false peace of mind to perform more in depth excision. I have not thought about this for some time now, but I have had MOHS to remove a BCC (2009) and have full-skin checks every 3-6 months at the discretion of my dermatologist. This has come back to the front of my mind as I believe I have a recurrence of BCC (next check up in July), I have family hx of melanoma (father and paternal grandmother), and I have since had pain and other issues in the region the original bx was taken as well as other organ systems in the vicinity. I am now also facing breast lump and wonder if it could be related. I have not been able to have health insurance for several years now and do not have a PC provider that follows me, so I just don't know if I am connecting unrelated dots or should have reason to worry.
Here are my questions:
1) is it appropriate for me to seek information & stories from those on this site?
2) Shouldn't this have caused more noticable symptoms if it were related?
3) Should I have had bloodwork/is there a blood test that could help exclude this earlier disease process?
4) Can BC and melanoma be related?
I have also had 2 other excisional bx and many punch bx over the years.
I do hope I am not asking inappropriate questions and appreciate any feedback or suggestions to guide me in seeking the right care. Thank you all very much : )