SparkPeople Skin Cancer Team Messageboard This is a Spark Team regarding skin cancer. This team is created for support, awareness, and the fight against skin/melanoma cancer. SparkPeople Skin Cancer Team Messageboard Melanoma stage lll Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my experience with skin cancer in hopes of saving someone's life who reads this, or just opening up someone's heart to talk about it. I was diagnosed with stagelll melanoma in March 2011 at the age of 29. I noticed a mole on my back in December 2010 that was raised, black, and alittle ichy. I'm not sure how long the mole was there because I never paid attention to my back and unfortunately melanoma grows so fast, dr's can not determine how long the melanom... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:51:37 EST Swimwear Hi Team (especially UK members) <BR> <BR> My BCC was on my back and I now need to keep it covered as well as taking better care of the rest of me. I use an outdoor pool at my local gym in the summer and live on the coast so swim in the sea as well. <BR> <BR> I want stylish not black / navy swimwear that covers my back - any ideas? I did find a US company called Hydrochic but can't find a UK outlet and can't afford the shipping cost to get items to the UK. <BR> <BR> Any ideas would be most... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 05:36:41 EST The endless world of worrying about biopsies. Hi everybody! I am new to this team, and joined because friends want to, but just don't understand what I am going through. In 2002, I had a pink growth on my stomach. I went to a plastic surgeon who removed it and told me it was a benign tumor. I kind of stopped worrying about it after that, but in 2010, I had two spots, one on my back and one on my shoulder that came back as stage 0 melanoma. They removed them, and blood tests showed that it had not spread. In 2011, a spot returned right ne... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:04:09 EST New team leader Hello Skin Cancer Team, <BR> I am looking for someone to take over leadership of this team. I am working full-time and going to school at night full-time. It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to log into sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you are interested. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Becky Sat, 4 Feb 2012 19:48:37 EST Essential Sun Safety for Winter fun in the Sun If you are an active in the outdoors in winter. Here is a link on sun safety. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ety-information-for-skiers-and-snowboa<BR>rders.html </link> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 15:56:01 EST Just Joined On Tuesday I was diagnoed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, I was expexcting to have a biopsy first but the doctor took one llok at the thing on my back and just came right out with it! Sort of been in shock ever since. <BR> <BR> I know it has hopefully ben caufght early and should be curable , but I have an increased risk of recurrence. <BR> <BR> My big thing now is I have lost a lot of weight and I have done this with big help from the great outdoors. I ran 6 - 5k races this year and I love c... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 07:16:29 EST New drug to fight late stage Melanoma This is the second drug to fight Melanoma to be approved this year. This is such great news! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sAnnouncements/ucm268241.htm </link> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:44:19 EST Dear 16 year old me Dear 16 year old me, <BR> <BR> I wish I knew that all those sunburns would have caused melanoma. I would not have gone through the hell of multiple surgeries and chemo for a year, well almost a year until my body could not take it anymore. <BR> <BR> It is so easy to take care of your skin. Please take the time to view this video and share with your family and friends. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:18:27 EST May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Let's all post information on skin cancer in May to share awareness with others about skin cancer. <BR> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:13:02 EST New To This Team! Hi! My name is Louise and I live in Arizona. I am a Cancer Survivor. On Christmas Day in <BR> 2008 I noticed a big mark on my right arm. I though it was a spider bite or some kind of bite. <BR> I went to my Naturopathic Doctor who told me it was not a bite and sent me to another doctor. The doctor said he did not think it was Cancer but did a biospy. On the day that our <BR> President was took office, I was in the doctor's office. My husband and I were waiting to hear what the doctor ha... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 00:37:48 EST Recent Biopsy A week ago today I went to see my dermatologist. She found a black dot just above my scar where Melanoma was removed in January of 2009. She said it was so small the pathology was are not sure if it is melanoma, but suspect that it was. I was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma and I am high risk for stage 4, which I don't even want to think about. As a precaution my oncologist wants me to have a PET scan. It will probably be a week before I get scheduled due to insurance authorization. Plea... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:37:21 EST Squamous Cell Carcinoma Did you know that there are 700,00 cases of Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnosed each year? To learn more about this type of skin cancer click this link to The Skin Cancer Foundation:<BR>rcinoma.html. You will also find an educational video that reviews all types of skin cancer. <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:16:10 EST How do you educate others about skin cancer? Since my diagnosis of malignant melanoma in January of 2009 I feel it is my mission to help educate others about skin cancer. Each month on my facebook I will send an invite to all my friends as a reminder to do their monthly skin check. I also post pictures and websites so they can find out more information on skin cancer. Some people ask me to look at there moles or something on their skin and what to know if I think it is skin cancer. I always suggest if you have any concerns see a de... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:36:35 EST HRT and Melanoma Just wondering if there is a link between hormone replacement therapy and malignant melanoma. I read a few things online about it, and a Dutch study showed a higher incidence of Melanoma in women taking HRT. I've been on HRT for 9 years, but cut back to twice a week and half doses a couple of years ago. But I'm wondering if this set me up for melanoma. When women are pregnant they get those pigmented areas of skin on their face. So could the extra hormones of HRT activate the pigment cel... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:48:24 EST Bare Minerals Foundation with SPF 15 I have never changed back to foundation that is bought from the store since I tried Bare Minerals Foundation with SPF 15 built in it. It comes in MANY foundation colors to match just your skin tone. I tried it on my mother-in-law and she now uses it. It covers up everything from scars to blemishes. <BR> Here's the link to purchase it off of QVC: <BR> <link><BR>pp.detail/<BR>eMinerals-SPF-15-Mineral-Foundation-w-<BR>LockiSif... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:57:31 EST Treatment Breakthrough for Advanced Malenoma This is an article relating to a treatment relating to advanced malenoma, in regards to cell mutations: <BR> <link><BR>breakthrough.html </link> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:52:13 EST Vitamin D and Cancer According to <BR> <BR> "Some recent reports suggest that getting vitamin D from sun exposure may prevent the occurrence and spread of cancers, both of internal organs and of the skin. In spite of the occasional controversy surrounding these studies, their common-sense implications are simple enough. Even those doctors who recommend sun for vitamin D only suggest 15 minutes a few times a week. For most people, especially those who have day jobs or live in cooler climates,... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:46:58 EST Just diagnosed with melanoma I am so glad this team is here. I am 66, just found out the creepy mole on the back of my calf is indeed melanoma. I go back on the 18th to have more cut out to see how deep it goes. I am a brunette, have brown eyes, olive complected, so I never imagined I would be looking at skin cancer of any kind. I stay out of the sun, my legs are covered by long pants all the time. But...I freckle like crazy. My arms are covered in freckles, but there is nothing suspicious on my arms. My non tanne... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 12:51:39 EST Basal Cell Carcinoma There are two types of skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma and malignant malenoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the least aggressive skin cancer and the most common among people. Please follow the link below to read more about it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oma.html </link> Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:03:01 EST Just received the news I went to the doctor today and he said the place on my shoulder that has not healed in months is skin cancer as is the spot by my left eye. They will call for an appointment with the dermatologist on Monday. I am a bit unnerved as to what will be happening next. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 20:12:23 EST SU2C I hope everyone watched the Stand Up To Cancer program tonight. Cancer is one of the toughest diseases to battle. Cancer has surrounded the loved I know and have known: <BR> <BR> Maternal Grandfather: lung cancer <BR> Maternal Grandmother: liver cancer (?) <BR> Paternal Grandmother: cervical cancer <BR> Father: prostate cancer <BR> Mother-in-law: breast cancer <BR> Uncle-in-law: pancreatic cancer (deceased as of 5/2010) <BR> Me: skin cancer <BR> <BR> As you see, it can hit anyone anytime.... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:45:49 EST Touched by melanoma in sunny southwest Idaho I see this team is just getting off the ground, but I'm glad someone has taken the initiative to start it. I'm a freckle-faced redhead who grew up in southern California. I was determined to tan, but instead I burned/blistered more times than I can count. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed two years ago this month at age 43 with Stage I, Level II amelanotic melanoma, a very rare and deadly (because it usually goes undiagnosed) form of melanoma. Luckily my dermatologist followed a hunch to biopsy a ... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:47:56 EST The basics of being aware. I'm giving you the basic guidelines of how to be aware of skin cancer. This is not to cause alarm, but to spread the knowledge and awareness to protect others lives from skin cancer. <BR> <BR> The ABCD's of Malenoma: <BR> For a regular mole that's non-cancerous it should fall under these conditions- <BR> <BR> A - Asseymmetry. The mole's two halves should look the same as if you held a mirror up to one half and it looks the same as the other half. <BR> <BR> B - Border. The mole's border ... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:44:25 EST