‘melanoma’ post again…

In 2010, I posted re moles and malignant melanoma. Since that time, that specific post has had almost 53,000 visits suggesting it is a concern to visitors. Over the years, I have had areas on my forehead and cheek (Actinic keratosis) removed via cryo-burning. I went in the other day and the usual spots were treated and then the full body inspection. I am rarely in the sun exposing more than arms and head anymore…not like the old days of tanning beds or sunbathing. Well the doc muttered ‘hmmm, that’s concerning’ to a spot on my lower/middle back. A slice was taken, biopsy performed and today I received the call the sample was cancer. A ‘simple’ procedure will be performed and further testing re lymph nodes etc.

This photo is quite identical to my back…kind of unassuming and so easily overlooked. So take warning sun worshippers….I am reposting the original post and there are plenty of good online links re images and what happens with each variety of damaged skin…benign or malignant. My doc said, ‘you may be very careful now, but you did so much of this damage years ago and it is just now catching up.’


9 Responses to “‘melanoma’ post again…”

  1. October 12, 2018 at 11:34

    Dealing with melanoma and appreciate your efforts to educate others. What are the plans with this beyond excision?

    • October 13, 2018 at 09:54

      Still in the learning phase re aftermath, lymph nodes etc. Compounding this is a damaged spine/pinched nerve in close proximity to the skin removal in lumbar area.

  2. October 7, 2018 at 11:55

    Thank you for sharing something so helpful.

  3. October 5, 2018 at 02:43

    I hope you recover and don’t need lots of treatments.

  4. October 4, 2018 at 17:46

    My brother, sister, and father have all had melanomas removed. My doctor says I must be extremely diligent with mole scans because of my family history. And, in between scans, I must not hesitate to have any small skin worries attended to. I am glad your cancer was identified during a full body check. I hope all will be well. I imagine quite a large area will be removed. We live with the consequences of our old sun behaviours but, fortunately, we can be active in caring for those consequences. All the best.

  5. 7 Elisabeth Cline
    October 4, 2018 at 16:57

    So sorry. Hopefully it will be excised and that will be it.

  6. October 4, 2018 at 15:25

    I never realized how moles can be dangerous, too. I have a mole right side of my eye and I chose to remove it cause it’s bothering me. By the help of my trusted aesthetician. Glad that it’s not something serious.

  7. October 4, 2018 at 14:53

    I am learning the same lesson

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