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Old 03-30-2017, 11:02 AM
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Got my biopsy results back Tues., surgery today. Melanoma stage one type 2 or something like that. They just took about six inches of meat off my back to send off. 1st run in with melanoma where the others that have been cut out of my head, hand and arm I thought he told me they were melanoma, he told me today those were Basal Cell. Today is the real deal. I'll wait to see if they need to cut more or perform other stuff. Fingers crossed.

Parents, cover your kids in cloths and sunblock!

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GOOD LUCK and positive vibes your way... Do you have fair skin? burn often? Skin cancer sometimes seems so random... Anyway, sending positive vibes your way.
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Parents, cover your kids in cloths and sunblock!

This.


Good luck.
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Here's to clear margins.

Stage 1, it would appear you caught it in time.
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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
GOOD LUCK and positive vibes your way... Do you have fair skin? burn often? Skin cancer sometimes seems so random... Anyway, sending positive vibes your way.
I'm a Scotty, towhead as a kid and grow a red beard and burn under a hallway light . I have stayed covered up and used sunblock for 25 years. My guess is I'm paying for my childhood.
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Good Luck, mine was insitu on my left ear (I think that is stage 0).

When was the last time you saw your dermatologist? I am on a six month recall, been that way since 2007 when I had my diagnosis.
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I have a friend whose wife just found out that she has stage 4 cancer, it certainly is better that your melanoma is stage one.
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Good luck, here's hoping for good news. Two time cancer survivor here, so I'm quite familiar with margins.
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This has been my life fishing for the last 25 years. Gloves, hat, head gear, sunblock...I go every 6 months. The spot on my back started to itch for no reason so I went in. Listen to you body too!







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My father just passed away from stage 4 brain cancer that started as melanoma on his lung. Never knew melanoma could be anywhere but on your skin.
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Last pic looks familiar. Got one on my back from last summer and one on my chest from 2001.

I'll second the "here's to clear margins"!
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Wishing you all the best.

For what it's worth my wife has had 2 early stage melanomas removed, the 2nd 15 years ago and all us well.

When that sweater grows back, I don't think you'll even see the scar.
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The UV shirts lose their effectiveness after being washed. There is a UV detergent that you can use.

Most of the time this stuff is from damage when we were kids or just young and dumb - getting burned, tanning beds etc, it just shows up way later in life.
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Glad you got that damn thing cut out! My wife had stage 3 cut out at the sight on her arm and closest lymph nodes in the arm pit too. That was 10 years ago, all clear. Some docs wanted her to go on chemo...what they arent quick to mention is it only helped in maybe 5% of the cases (back then) and makes you feel like shit. So glad she found an oncologist who didn't just go with the norm.
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So you'll be shedding soon?

Oh yeah...kick ass! I've had seven squamous spots cut out. I can only imagine melanoma is in my future.
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How do you guys know when to go to a doctor to get these surgeries?

Did you guys have some sort of symptoms?

Does it look like something on your skin? What are you supposed to look for?
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I go every 6 months I have the wife look me over when she is checking for ticks . That's code

This spot was itching a lot.

The spot hurts like hell this morning.
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Stage 2 malignant melanoma cut out of my back last year. Went from shoulder blade to shoulder blade. Ended up dang near being a back lift after taking the margins out. I'm on a 6 month check up with the dermatologist and a 6 month chest xray with blood test rotation for 2 years. Derma said that melanoma where I had it has a nasty 20% chance of getting to your lungs. Make sure to ask him about that. Did a 3 week cycle of topical chemo (flouraracil) on my face first of this year and let me tell you, that was worse than the back operation. Looked like a zombie with the scabs that developed from it.
One other thing, after the chemo, I'm having a hard time with sunblock. Wear it under the buff on the weekends and will itch like hell the rest of the week???? Tried half a dozen types
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I'm curious about your six month recall. Did your Dermatologist miss that spot on your last check?

I asked my dermo if any new spots would show up in a year when he said he wanted me to come every year instead of six months and he said, one might show but should be similar to the insitu spot I had removed. He was very confident that it would not go beyond that in a year. I opted for a six month recall for the foreseeable future.

So it showed up and went to a stage one within six months?
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