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Just been diagnosed with Lentigo Maligna Melanoma in a mole

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Just been diagnosed with Lentigo Maligna Melanoma in a mole on the face - the invasion is "in situ" and the growth phase "radial" No signs of metastasis etc - had an urgent referral - how quickly should this mole be removed ? Could the cancer become invasive within the next few days ? The mole is itching and "drawing" at times - Due to be seen by dermatologist in a week. I need to know if I should go private and get mole removed immediately (I am not a rich person !) David
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for this question
In situ is very little risk over the next few days.
I wouldn't wait more than a couple weeks though
It needs taken care of ASAP but not tomorrow ASAP
more like 2 weeks ASAP
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What is the difference between lentigo maligna and lentigo maligna melanoma ? Can my cancer be in situ and be a melanoma ? When I had the biopsy on 6 November I was stage 0 (Tis) how quickly can the next stage develop ?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Lentigo maligna (LM) is a subtype of melanoma in situ, and it has a slight female preponderance. Lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM) is 1 of the 4 main subtypes of invasive melanoma and represents 5-15% of cases.