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A 50-year-old female asked:

I had malignant melanoma in 1994. what are the chances of it recurring. should i still get annual skin check-ups.

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 39 years experience
Yes and yes: Yearly exams are to detect a second melanoma. Melanoma can return many years later and we do not use a 5 year disease free interval like in colon cancer. The depth of the initial melanoma correlates with survival.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Definitely!!: Once you've been diagnosed with a melanoma, you need to be examined regularly for the rest of your life. Any change in a mole should prompt you to see your dermatologist right away in addition to your regular exams.
Dr. Keith Denkler
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Skin Checks Are Good: With a previous melanoma, you are at higher risk to getting another one. Plus there is a slight chance your previous melanoma can recur. So see a dermatologist and come up with a plan for prevention. Good luck.

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Last updated Aug 11, 2016

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