I'm new here, and after searching for an answer, did not really get one that addressed my concern.
Dr. K, my family doctor, did a punch biopsy on a mole on my back last month. She is not a dermatologist, but does not a number of minor plastic surgery type of procedures (botox, fillers, etc.), so has some training in that area. I ASSUME.
After three weeks (and my growing certainty that nothing was wrong), her office called to tell me that the biopsy was precancerous. They didn't say what type or anything else, other than "don't worry."
But of course, I now AM worried.
At least a bit, since like many here, I'm very fair, freckled and have had many bad sunburns (largely in my youth). I've also had many actinic keratoses burned off over the last few years. My older brother has squamous cell skin cancer and has to regularly undergo screening and treatments, etc. for it.
But I've NOT had this with a MOLE. (And I've got lots of moles along w/the freckles, as well as age-related spots now that I'm 60.) Question #1:
Are all precancerous MOLES potentially melanoma? Question #2:
Is a Family Practitioner (who does some specialized skin treatments) likely to do an adequate job of excising the mole? I assume she will send the whole thing for another biopsy... but, is that standard?
Thanks so much for any answers!