This is my first post on this forum. I am a 58 your old man, and I was diagnosed with CLL two years ago. I have been asymptomatic, and have been monitored on a “watch and wait” basis, with blood tests every 6 months.
A couple of weeks ago, I became concerned about a mole on my back, and went to see my family doctor. She thinks it is a melanoma and is referring me for tests/treatment - probably surgical removal. Hopefully, it will have been caught in time, and all be well.
As you do when you receive news like this, I have looked on the internet, and found that an extensive study in Rochester, NY found that people with CLL have a 600% higher risk of getting melanoma than normal. It further suggested that people with CLL should routinely monitor their skin for any symptoms.
I thought it might be helpful for readers of this forum to be aware.