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Could I have passed melanoma on to my child?

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While I was pregnant it was discovered that I had melanoma. It was removed when I was two months pregnant. Can I pass this on to my child? She has a couple of spots that make me nervous.


Melanoma during pregnancy is well recognized, and may be in part related to the effects of pregnancy-related hormones. Fortunately, transmission of melanoma across the placenta from mother to baby has been reported only rarely, and is extremely unlikely. On the other hand, there are numerous types of benign birthmarks that occur in infants, including cafe au lait marks, regular moles, and Mongolian spots. A visual inspection of your daughter by her pediatrician should be able to reassure you regarding the nature of her skin spots. Test Comment Added


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