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Topic: Mole at Radation Site

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 04:03AM

Myopiawmn wrote:

Hi All,

Has anyone had a dark mole develop at the site of radiation?  I have had one develop and my surgeon doesn't like the looks of it so he is going to remove it tomorrow.  I've searched for radiation causing skin cancer but it looks like it usually doesn't show until years later.  I'm sure it is just a regular mole and he's being pro-active but I'm starting to stress out a little.  I'm also wondering what is involved with having it removed.


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Jan 10, 2012 04:23AM , edited Jan 10, 2012 04:23AM by Sherryc

I asked my dermatologist about this and he said you see it more in women that have done alot of tanning beds.  He said that tanning beds are very destructive and that along with radiation gives you a cumulative effect and then you see more skin cancers.  He said typicall you will only see them in traditional sunbathers in the area that was not protected by a bathing suite. He did say it is rare but it does happen and we should all get yearly skin checks.

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 05/12/1997 Lumpectomy (Left) Surgery 09/30/2010 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Radiation Therapy 12/03/2010 External Hormonal Therapy 02/07/2011 Tamoxifen Surgery 11/03/2011 Lumpectomy (Right) Surgery 03/26/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Surgery 08/21/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 11/27/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Jan 10, 2012 04:33AM Myopiawmn wrote:

I only went to tanning beds a few times in my younger days but I have had my share of bad, blistering burns.  But this mole is not in area seen by the sun.  It's just a few inches from where my breast cancer was.  And believe me, there is no nude sunbathing going on with this body! 

Oncotype score 47. Diagnosed at 36, still alive and kicking at 38! Dx 10/14/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 10, 2012 05:20AM cycle-path wrote:

A woman posted here recently that she'd developed squamous cell carcinoma after radiation, and that it's a rare SE. 

I am an Uppity Woman. Don't like my posts? Put me on IGNORE. Dx 12/10/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jan 10, 2012 05:29AM Hope60 wrote:

I developed a large, flat, dark  mole on my breast during radiation.  My RO actually tried to convince me that it was there before rads.....like I would have missed it!!!  My BS wasn't too concerned but said he would remove it for me, because I was worried.  As it turned out, it started peeling off by itself once my skin started recovering from rads.  I've had other moles removed by the dermatologist....no biggy...they give you a little numbing injection and just take it off.  Doesn't hurt and takes 2 minutes.  Try not to stress....it's most likely nothing.

Dx 6/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 12, 2012 12:04AM Myopiawmn wrote:

The mole has been taken off, now to wait for the results.....
I really don't think it's anything but you can't help having that little nagging voice in the back f your head saying "cancer, cancer, cancer". Stupid breast cancer, I never would have worried before......

Oncotype score 47. Diagnosed at 36, still alive and kicking at 38! Dx 10/14/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-