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Safe to get pregnant with history of malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Controversial: A very good question, and the answer is not clear. Some experts believe that pregnancy increases the risk of melanoma and advise women with a melanoma history to avoid pregnancy, or at least wait several years. Others say the evidence to support that recommendation is not convincing. Until we have a definite answer i would be very cautious; if you get pregnant, have your skin examined frequently.
Dr. Yvonne Saenger
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Depends: Would need to know details of the melanoma history. The major concern is that if you are at high risk for recurrence then you may want to wait until 3-5 years from your diagnosis to minimize any chance that you would recur during or after pregnancy which would be very traumatic. If the primary melanoma was very thin then it is fine to have children as long as you follow with dermatology.

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