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Questions to ask your doctor about melanoma

5 questions to ask your doctor about moles and preventing melanoma

If you have concerns about a mole or patch of skin, see your GP to get it checked. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  1. Is this mole or skin patch something to be concerned about?
  2. What is causing the problem?
  3. What changes or symptoms should I look out for?
  4. Are there special sun protection measures I should take?
  5. When should I make an urgent appointment if there's a worrying change?

10 questions to ask your doctor about melanoma after diagnosis

  1. Is it likely that my cancer has spread? How did you determine that?
  2. What are my chances of beating this disease?
  3. Can you remove all of the cancer through surgery alone?
  4. If I need any treatments besides surgery, what do you recommend, and why?
  5. What side effects can I expect from my treatments? How should I handle them?
  6. How long will I need these treatments?
  7. Will my surgery leave a noticeable scar? Is there a way to minimise scarring?
  8. Am I at high risk of a return of melanoma? What should I do to prevent a recurrence?
  9. Am I at high risk of other types of skin cancer?
  10. What should I do if I see another suspicious mole?
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on March 13, 2017

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