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  • #21629
    LPLPLP
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    Hello, I’m having a hard time dealing with all of this. It’s been a crazy emotional ride.

    In 3/12 I had a melanoma removed from my right upper arm, about 2 inches down my shoulder on the outside.

    It was clarks 3. No regression, no ulceration, mitotic rate less than 0. .70 mm

    I’ve made it to all my checkups. I recently discovered a small lump 12-14 inches down from where the melanoma was removed. Smaller the a grain of rice and similar in shape. There is no color to it.

    Could this be a recurrence?

    #62763
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Doesn’t sound like a recur at all, could be anything, like a cyst or other skin lesion. But get it checked if it worries you. You didn’t mention the depth of your original lesion?

    #62764
    LPLPLP
    Participant

    It was .70 mm and Clark’s 3. No ulceration, no regression. No mitotic rate.

    It’s just odd , same arm i had the mel. It was obviously very small because she cut out the

    Whole thing and the wound is just about the size

    Of a pencil eraser and not quite as deep as usual when they take

    A mole. And it went down my arm, not up from the melanoma.

    She said she thinks a cyst but was taking it to make sure. She does

    Take everything. If you point something out, she takes it. I’ve

    Been having problems w my hormones , it’s that time for me-menopause. And

    I’m getting huge pimples on my face and a few on my back and neck. So I’m hoping its from

    That.

    #62765
    LPLPLP
    Participant

    I’m 45 too.

    #62766
    Worrywart
    Participant

    After my diagnosis I found a small hard lump on my lower arm. It was like a small hard ball. The derm and PCP said it was most likely a cyst or calcified lymph node. It has remained the same for years. I think once we start studying our bodies closely we start to find these things. You’ve probably always had it, but you just noticed it. I am betting its just something benign.

    #62767
    LPLPLP
    Participant

    No I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there. I put sun screen on pretty much everyday.

    #62768
    Worrywart
    Participant

    Okay, if you are sure it was not there then I’ll keep you in my prayers that it’s not related to your melanoma. I hope the biopsy results come back quickly!

    #62769
    LPLPLP
    Participant

    The results came back. It had PRE-CANCER cells. It was a PRE-CANCER of Actinic Keratosis. Thank you for your prayers worryw. I was very anxious.

    The dr said this has nothing to do with melanoma…..? That it is due to sun damage. Which I inflicted upon myself earlier in life. I used to love the sun, now it makes me feel bad. I want it to rain all the time.

    I put sunscreen on everyday. I’m wondering why this would occur? Are my efforts futile? I would like to know what things I can do to stop this from happening. Are there vitamins? Should I go on a raw diet? WHAT? Please advise. I even use an umbrella at times and 90% of the time I wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt and I live in SOFLO, not easy to do in this heat. I don’t engage in anything that would put me outdoors during peak hours.

    I have stopped using chemicals such as hair dye, nail polish, deodorant (unless absolutely nec), etc…..but I do use sunscreen. Is anyone aware of a natural sunscreen?

    sorry if there are typos…..have to run….

    #62770
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Good! I have had AK’s and they are not to be concerned with, just make sure you watch them. They are precursors to other skin cancers less worrisome. I would turn to the sunscreens for children, that are mostly zinc oxide. Use clothing, shade and time of day to avoid the worst sun exposure too.

    #62771
    Worrywart
    Participant

    So happy it was just an AK! I’ve had a few too. I actually have one now so I’m going in this week.

    🙄

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