My mole biopsy came back as “mildly dysplastic nevi”, also known as “Atypical Mole”. This means that the cells were starting to change, but it was caught early enough. According to the National Cancer Institute, doctors believe that dysplastic nevi are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into melanoma skin cancer. Dysplastic nevi are a precursor to malignant Melanoma.
As of December 14, 2010 – I have had a total of 23 moles removed since October 26, 2009. While 12 of those moles were completely normal, 9 were “Atypical Moles”, and 2 were melanoma’s. My melanoma’s thankfully were caught early enough but I no longer have a 100% survivability. My Stage 0 (in situ) was a non-invasive Melanoma while my Stage 1A was an invasive Melanoma. Which means the Stage 1A Melanoma could come back.
I go back to Dr. Nash in March of 2011 for my regular 6 month mole mapping, which I am positive things will go smoothly.
Not only do I have to do monthly breast exams, but I also have to do monthly mole checks all over my body for the rest of my life.