Patient Comments: Melanoma (Skin Cancer) - Symptoms

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What did your melanoma look like when you first noticed it? What was the size of the growth? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Greg, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

Fifteen years ago I found a small dark mark under my shoulder blade, turned out to be level 1 melanoma. I have had regular 6 monthly checks since. I noticed a 1 cm flat light brown mark below my belly button, asked doctor about it and was told it was ok, but he would monitor it. Six months later in the next checkup, found it to be a level 2 melanoma. An area of 10 x 3 cm was cut out, and I was told all was removed. Time will tell.

Comment from: Helplease , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 03

My melanoma started out as what I thought was a birth mark, dark brown and the size of a B.B. from a child's gun. I was young and didn't like the idea of the thing on the inside of my thigh that close to where my manhood sat so I pulled it off in the shower one day. It bled for a bit but then stopped and I thought nothing more of it until recently it come back with a vengeance and is now the size of a gumball.

Comment from: Jennab867, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My melanoma was a pink circle almost the same size as my thumb nail. I can go back and see it in pictures 5 years before I found out I had cancer. I noticed it when it became a brighter pink - as if it was sunburned, and a white patch of skin (a halo) formed around it.

Comment from: Joanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

The melanoma was like hives, very itchy, grew to the size of a garden pea, and was full of dark blood. It burst and then I went to the general physician. He took it off and then four weeks later I had an operation.

Comment from: forcefive, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I woke up one morning, and the bridge of my nose was very sore. The next day, my nose hurt even worse. I saw a patch of bright, red skin across my nose that was sore, hot to touch and swollen. My nasal passages were constricted. I went to the doctor two days after my first symptoms appeared and was diagnosed with a staph bacterial skin infection/nasal cellulitis. The doctor put me on seven days of 100 mg doxycycline hyclate twice daily. The next day, I felt worse with a fever, chills and generally feeling sick. I used ice packs and anti-inflammatories to help with the swelling. My nose also itched. Four days after I went to see the doctor, my condition was not improving and I went to the emergency room (ER). The ER doctor gave me 800 mg of prescription ibuprofen to take every eight hours. I was in so much pain, my nose felt broken. The doctor also wrote for five days of 100 mg doxycycline monohydrate twice daily, a stronger antibiotic than doxycycline hyclate. I was also told that I had an abscess inside my nose from the bacteria. The stronger antibiotic took care of the infection, and Ibuprofen really helped with the pain. In the end, it took two weeks for my nasal cellulitis to go away.

Comment from: Bidisha poddar, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I have a breathing problem, chest pain, and chest tightness; happens especially early night, but no cough. Wonder if it is asthma.

Comment from: Caretaker, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

My brother recently died due to a heart attack at the age of 33. The doctor recommended to me to test for homocysteine. Surprising, everyone who tested this has same pattern. Almost everyone has high risk range of 30 to 70.

Comment from: RW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

The melanoma was 1 mm in diameter, and perhaps a little darker than most of my few moles.

Comment from: wivie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

In 2012 I had a mole removed from my lower back that had been there my whole life. It had changed in size, texture and color. Two weeks later I found out it was malignant melanoma and went in for surgery. They removed the area around the mole which left a 6 in. scar, one lymph node from under my left arm, and four from my groin area. Six months later my scans were fine, but the next one wasn't as good. I went in and had the remaining 9 nodes removed from my groin which left an ugly scar. I had 28 days of radiation and 20 days of chemotherapy injections. I am starting 11 months at home this week. Melanoma is terrible but I'm going to fight it!

Comment from: bikerbaker, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

In 1991, my teen daughter happened to notice a small, dark spot on my back. It was smaller than a pencil eraser and was not raised; just looked like a black mole. I didn't think much of it. Shortly after this, I scratched a mole on my upper arm and it became irritated. I then went to my dermatologist to have him remove it. While there, I asked him to take a look at my back. I could see his concern after examining the mole. He told me that my appointment for the mole on my arm had saved my life! The small mole on my back turned out to be a level 2. A large section was removed from my back in the doctor's surgical suite a couple weeks after the discovery. He felt confident that all margins were clear. It was a huge wake-up call for me with regard to sunbathing. A tan isn't nearly as attractive as life!

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Comment from: Donia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I have stage 5 melanoma. It started when I had a cyst removed from the side of my back in August 2016. About 2 months later another lump was felt right next to the cyst incision. This lump was removed in the doctor's office and sent to a lab because it was deep and hard, not like a cyst. This is very frightening.

Comment from: nessa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I've got this mole on my neck and it has had a lump for a couple weeks underneath it now. I wasn't too bothered to start with as I thought it probably was just a pimple under my mole or something. No head ever appeared however and my mole got quite hard and risen. However I got sick thinking it must be a pimple the other night and squeezed it. Well, blood burst from it, no pus, just blood. I realized straight after of course, I should have left it alone. The lump is still there and I notice the lump seems to be spreading under the skin to my jaw. Probably got myself a wee infection or something now, but starting to get a bit worried about it being melanoma.

Comment from: lreese, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

My first sign was a feeling of being poked in the back with a stick. I turned around and there was nothing there that could have poked me. A week later a large growth came up on my back shoulder. I have no insurance so I waited to get settled in a new city to have it looked at. Malignant Melanoma. I have had two surgeries now, a large tumor removed from my back, and sentinal lymph nodes and secondary lymph nodes. The others they took were cancer free.

Comment from: Nat3333, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 30

My boyfriend had a mole checked out 3 years ago and it turned out to be melanoma. He had surgery on 6 lymph nodes and they all came out clear. About a month ago my boyfriend fell ill out of nowhere, and had a chronic migraine that hurt so badly that he vomited, couldn't eat nor drink anything, and was bedridden for a week. After his general practitioner told him it was tension headache he was prescribed 4 diff meds, none of which worked. I told him we should go to the ER since he didn't feel any better after a week. We ended getting admitted that night and stayed for 4 days running tests. His cancer came back very aggressively with 9 brain tumors, lung cancer, and cancer in his lymph nodes. It is stage 4. We are 3 weeks into radiation and start chemo shortly after. And to think we went to the hospital for a headache, and came home with the worst prognosis. Good luck to everyone going through this awful disease. It is not easy.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

A large, symmetrical brown mole appeared on my leg overnight. I waited months to get it looked at because it looked like other large moles I had had removed in the past, which were all normal. The mole bled and developed black spots, at which time I went to my family physician, who referred me to a dermatologist. It turned out to be nodular melanoma, stage 2b, no metastasis.

Comment from: FEDUP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have Clark's Stage IV. I regret the day I allowed a dermatologist to biopsy the tumor. If I had left it alone, and had applied oil of oregano, the tumor would have dried up, the skin would have healed and returned to normal. No metastatis would have occurred. Medical science does not warn people about the metastatis. It only wants to charge for removing a tumor that should be left alone and treated with natural substances. Instead of enjoying life, I am fighting to survive metastasis. What they don't bother to tell you can destroy your life. They lie and then act innocent. They don't know everything there is to know about healing the body. It's all about drugs, chemo, surgery and more surgeries until the human body dies. The medical profession, big pharm, and associated professions get paid whether you live or die. They have no incentive to find natural ways to cure the human body. The body must have what it is made out of (nutrients) to heal. Instead we are fed drugs and more drugs. It's time for a revolution on how disease is treated.

Comment from: J.R., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I am 23 year-old white male and had a vertical brownish stripe on my big toe. I didn't think much of it until I saw a medical program on TV that said it might be melanoma. My dermatologist just said to monitor it, but I ended up going to a podiatrist who took a biopsy and it ended up indeed being melanoma.

Comment from: Maria, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

This happened many years ago. I had an itchy wart on my head, in my hair. When I went to the doctor for my acne, he asked me if I had any other open wounds or sores on my body. I told him about the wart. He took a piece of it, had it examined, and when I returned to him in a month, he burned it off right in his office. It was cancerous, and the procedure didn't hurt at all! Be wary of any "sores" that do not heal.

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Comment from: mark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

A small brown mole appeared on the inside of my right forearm. Flat, one color, unremarkable. It puffed up for a day or two and I became suspicious of it. I had it looked at by a dermatologist and he said it was harmless. Months later it puffed up again and I had another dermatologist give me the same diagnosis. I told him I wanted it off because I had bad feelings about it. He took it off and two days later told me that it was Melanoma. It was .9mm deep and MD Anderson hospital excised a 3" patch of flesh and took out the sentinel lymph node. Both were negative. That was 13 years ago. Check yourself, trust your feelings.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

A dark mole that grew over time (flat though) and then became itchy and bled - at which point I went to my doctor who diagnosed it as melanoma.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had a mole removed over 15 years before a nodular melanoma developed on the same site. A scar had developed from the original removal and the nodular melanoma developed on top of the scar. The melanoma developed within 6 weeks and ended up with a Breslow of 6m and stage IIb.

Comment from: bea, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 02

Constant itching over a period of some duration. Others noted a black, ugly mole and warned me to have it examined. Original biopsy indicated melanoma. I am a Caucasian woman, 79 years old, with diabetes, living in southern CA. Sun exposure has been limited. Dye test indicated sentinel lymph node cancerous - with biopsy imminent.

Comment from: rebeccastella6, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have had a small lesion on my lower leg for about 3 years. I noticed the color changing and went to my doctor and asked for a biopsy. The results revealed malignant melanoma. It looked like an age spot that kept getting darker and darker, but never looked like cancer.

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