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October 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm #21629
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?October 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm #62763Catherine PooleKeymaster
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?October 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm #62764 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.October 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm #62765
I’m 45 too.October 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm #62766 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.October 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm #62767 No I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there. I put sun screen on pretty much everyday.October 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm #62768 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!October 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm #62769 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….October 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm #62770Catherine PooleKeymaster
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.October 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm #62771 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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