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Melanoma possibility after dysplastic nevus

I had a severe dysplastic nevus with some precancerous cells removed surgically with clear margins.  No family history. Only a few moles on my whole body. Age 63. No tanning bed, etc.  Previously had one very mildly atypical nevus removed.

Does this mean I most probably will possibly have melanoma in my lifetime?
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Thanks for posting your query.

I can understand your concern for the dysplastic mole. It is true that atypical moles are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into a type of skin cancer called melanoma. But it is more so in individuals with multiple dysplastic nevi who are at much higher risk for developing melanomas. It is not necessary that you will definitely develop melanoma but yes you are at a higher risk for developing it.

You need to keep a vigilant eye for any changes in the excised dysplastic lesion. Note down the ABCD signs as •  Asymmetrical skin lesion.
•  Border of the lesion is irregular.
•  Color: there are multiple colors.
•  Diameter: moles greater than 6 mm

Apart from that get regular half yearly or yearly examinations done from a dermatologist.

Hope that this information helps and hope that you will get better soon. Wishing you good health.

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Thank you doctor.
My dermatopathologist removed 2 inches long/ 2 inches square and deep enough that he had to use internal stitches in the area of the SDN and will see me every 3 months for a full body check.  The external stitches will come out in 2 weeks.

After already having colon cancer in 2009 and a spread to a tiny spot in my liver in 2012 (liver resection), the SDN was quite overwhelming to me. Sort of like he'd given me a death sentence.  Thanks for your support.
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