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What to ask your doctor about diagnosing melanoma

Men and women discussing melanoma skin cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • I have a strange looking mole, so should I go to hospital to have it removed?
  • What happens if I don't have the mole removed?
  • How do you know you've taken enough tissue away to stop the mole coming back?
  • When do I have the stitches out and who will do it?
  • When will I get my results and who will give them to me?
  • How often will I come back and see you after I have the mole removed?
  • Who should I contact if I'm worried before my next appointment?
  • What is the chance of my melanoma coming back?
  • How thick is my melanoma?
  • Is the melanoma ulcerated and what does that mean for me?
  • I was told there was a lot of inflammation around the melanoma when it was taken out - what does that mean for me?
  • Am I likely to need any more surgery and when will I have it?
  • Will I need a skin graft?
  • Will I need any other tests or investigations?
  • Will the tests show whether I have melanoma anywhere else?
  • Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy?
  • Can I have the tests as an outpatient?
  • Do I have to do anything to prepare for any of the tests?
  • Are any of the tests painful or do they have after effects?
  • Will I need to take time off work?
  • Now that I've had one, do I have a high risk of getting another melanoma?
  • Would it help if I had all my moles removed?
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Updated: 17 January 2014