Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by teachoz on Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:00 AM
I was diagnosed with active Multiple Myeloma this Fall, after 22 years of MGUS. Several years ago, I had a spot of pre-cancer removed from my right cheeck. It has never looked like the rest of my skin, but has remained stable. Recently, I noticed it was very rough-feeling, and seemed to have a brownish area on top.
I went to my dermatologist this week, and was told I had actinic keratosis, and should have a biopsy done to determine if it is pre-cancerous or cancerous. He does not want to do the biopsy without permission from my myeloma dr. because of the drugs I'm on (Revlimid/Dexamethasone), and the fact that the myeloma weakens the immune system.
I am in the process of trying to reach my oncologist to discuss this with him, and the dermatologist is writing him a letter, as well. We have tentatively scheduled the biopsy for two weeks.
Did anyone else start with this kind of a diagnosis? What did you find out from your biopsy? Does anyone also have multiple myeloma along with the melanoma? I have heard there is often a connection between the two. Any info anyone can share with me will be most useful before my drs. decide what to do. Thank you in advance for your help!
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