I had Melanoma Stage 0 in 2012 so am now at higher risk for melanoma I am told. I also have very, very fair skin, blue eyes, etc... My father had all types of skin cancers and was treated and cured. I also have breast cancer stage 1 and there is a strong link between the two so i want to be monitored by a good doctor in the NYC area so i can hopefully catch any other melanomas at stage 0.
I am not sure which hospitals are best at monitoring for melanoma high risk patients in the NYC area. I tried getting in to sloan to see a top doc there for monitoring but apparently i do not qualify becuase i only have stage 0. i don't quite understand this because i would think it is important to catch it early, but i don't seem to be able to find doctors who specialize in melanoma who are willing to monitor stage 0 patients. The dermatologist i am seeing does not seem to be the best and does not really specialize in melanoma. In fact, he indicated that the melanoma stage 0 was nothing on several exams until i requested that it be removed and tested.
So far, i have an appointment at molesafe at NYU which i heard is the only one in the nation, but i was wondering if anyone can recommend a doctor/hospital that is considered good for melanoma monitoring high risk patients in the ny area. Thank you.