Sorry to bother with these seemingly petty issues (is there somewhere else I should be posting?)
I have posted lately about a few things: my toe light tan freckle that was moderately atypical, my sister's UNchanged mole that was severely atypical and the fact that I have hundreds of moles, many weird looking, many normal looking. I've had everything from benign- to mm in-situ. Sister also had in-situ. We have atypical mole syndrome.
So I have two issues: I am scared out of my mind that something on me is melanoma whether it has changed or not. Whether it is innocent looking or not. Clearly there are no rules with this. I have 5 moles (biggest might be 5mm, others smaller) on my neck. They haven't changed but look slightly atypical. Well, somehow i googled something and read that "Head and Neck Melanomas have Poorer Prognosis" -- twice as bad, Would it be crazy to get 5 moles off my neck for peace of mind? Has anyone heard of this or had melanoma on their neck or scalp? OR do any of you have moles on your neck? Is this a normal spot?
This leads me to my next problem: how do you handle this anxiety? I have been great about it for years (been dealing with this for 20++ years) but as you can see I am in the midst of a panic about it. I dont see the derm for 3 weeks and I can barely keep track of what I want off!
(the little dark one that always bothers me, the bigger slightly atypical ones on my neck? the slightly changed on neck, changed one since pregnancy, but not in the last two years) It goes on and on! She won't remove them all I'm sure, but where do I draw the line? The whole "Change" thing has been thrown out the window with my sister's severely atypical...
Other times I think why am I leaving anything questionable when it would be melanoma. Why not get 10 off and be done? (until my next scare!)
Any advice on how to balance anxiety and being vigilant w/out going overboard?
OR is is smarter to just get the 10 scariest ones off in the next few months and have peace of mind