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January 1, 2016 at 12:27 am #22724
I was recently diagnosed with a t1a on my upper right arm. It was a mole that I have had for 20 years. I had It biopsied 5 years ago and it came back as moderately atypical and my GP doctor basically told me not to worry about it. I went to visit him early December and decided I was tired of looking at it and told him I wanted it off. Anyway it came back as SSM .68, Clark II, Mitotic index 0 and no other risk factors. I was a little in shock after the DX and started searching the internet and found you. Your information and stories have helped me a lot.
I am actually glad that it came back as SSM, had it not I would not have set up an appointment with a derm. I went to the derm and he biopsied 5 more spots and measured a few more to look for changed in the future. The 5 biopsies came back as 3 BCCs, one severly atypical and an
Amelanotic Mel . Had the one on my arm not came back as SSM the amelanotic would not have been diagnosed until far too late I am sure. It was .5, Clark II, 0 Mitotic and no other risk factors.
Had the second WLE today, so most of the cutting is over.
Again thank you all, you have helped me navigate a very hard experience.January 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm #68206
Thank you for sharing!! So happy we were all able to help you and your diagnosis is low risk. Take good care!January 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm #68207 Amelanotic WLE is margins clear!
Still waiting on the other.January 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm #68208
Original melanoma WLE is margins clear.
Two more BCCs next week and maybe I can stop being cut on for awhile.
I look like I have been in a knife fight!January 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm #68209
Cutting shouldn’t be too deep for BCCs. Good luck and sounds good. Don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun!January 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm #68210 Final two bcc cut out. Happy that this part is over.
Dr. did the Decision dx genetic test and I was class 1. So that is comforting.
Have myself scheduled to do self checks on the 1st of each month and Derm visits every 3 months.
Will stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. This part is really annoying, I have a Jeep Wrangler and I love running around with the top off.
Is there anything else I should do to reduce the chances of the melanoma coming back?January 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm #68211
Wear protective clothing! Long sleeves, broad rimmed hat and try to run around early morning and after 4pm. Sunscreen will help too. Good luck!April 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm #68212 First checkup with Derm done. Just one biopsy this time. Doc said more than likely not invasive, just wanted to take a look because it had grown a bit.
Strangely I am not all that freaked out about it like I was with the first round.April 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm #68213
Good for you! You’ve been empowered with knowledge. Keep in touchApril 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm #68214barb3246Participant Hello. Could you describe what the amelanotic melanoma looked like?April 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm #68215 Unfortunately no. It was on my back and I never had a chance to see it.April 22, 2016 at 11:54 am #68216 Amelanotic melanoma is usually pink or without the usual black color we associate with melanoma. This is why we advise all to check your skin for any new lesions or ones that have changed despite the color.April 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm #68217 Path report came back as mildly atypical.April 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm #68218 Great! Glad everything is ok. Don’t forget to do your own self-examsAugust 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm #68219 2nd follow up visit done.
No biopsies. No other issues.
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