Past Melanoma, Could I Develop Others?

Last Modified: June 7, 2011

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

If I have a melanoma lesion removed, could others develop?

Answer

Christopher Miller, MD, Assistant Professor in Dermatology and Director of the Moh's Surgery Program at Penn Medicine, responds:

About 11% of people who have a melanoma have a second melanoma diagnosed within the next 2 years after their diagnosis. The increased risk to develop a second melanoma persists for more than 20 years. So keep a close watch on your skin.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series: Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention Webchat. View the entire transcript on Sun Safety.