Patient Comments: Melanoma (Skin Cancer) - Prevention


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Comment from: Robin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had a melanoma diagnosed on my arm in 2012. Mine was a freckle on my right arm. It was ugly and I did not like it. I went to the dermatologist to simply have this ugly freckle removed. Most of the photos provided on any website show severe cases that did not look like mine. The freckle on my arm was a bit darker than my other freckles, but not black. It was bigger than my other freckles, and irregular-like a tiny torn off piece of paper that measured larger than a pencil eraser (asymmetry, border irregularity, and color and size). My melanoma was in situ-and was surgically removed. I was very confused by this and didn't know what was in store for me. It wasn't until I got out of surgery that the seriousness of that freckle hit me and my family. The scar was 6 inches. I've been told that I need checkups for the rest of my life. What I didn’t know was that I may have more melanoma. Recently I had a mole removed that had pre-melanoma symptoms. Now I see that this is going to be a lifetime maintenance. Today I have a personal relationship with every freckle on my body and see my dermatologist every 6 months. My advice, don’t leave it up to your dermatologist, work together on your screening.


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