Well, I am in my mid-30's and have had several biopsies that have left scars on my body. I was diagnosed at 12 with the malignant malenoma. Since then, I've had numerous biopsies, especially on my back. I'm scarred all over. It's no fun. I leave the derm's office usually glad I didn't have to deal with the pricking and probing. If I have to go through another biopsy, I'm bummed because the lesion takes a month or so to heal completely. By the time I'm 60, I'll be a patchwork, but oh well. I'm alive, right?
I too am blonde and blue eyed. Fair. Freckly too. We're most likely to develop skin cancer because of our complexion and location.
This seems like a Cal group... I also spent my teens in SoCal, blond blue eyes... burned and blistered and yes at 57 melanoma... luckily like Kris and Cindy caught early... in situ... on the surface. but because of the lesion being the size of a nickle being on my face I've got a 3 in scare from the corner of my left eye to the left corner of my mouth. Most ppl don't notice it unless i bring it up... it follows my laugh line and side of my nose.My skin cancer surgeon did a really good job.
I too am being seen a few times during the year. My new dr I saw in May had been an oncologist for 17 years... but went into internal med, lucky for me. He's been just the best resource and encouraged me to deal with better eating and life style for my immune system. I know he'll be happy when I see him in Nov, I listened cuz i'm down from 242 in May to 210 this morning.
You're doing the right thing to prevent your cancer and I'm so glad you caught it in time.
I too grew up in California and ended up with a malignant malenoma. I have no idea what stage it was in - all I can tell is that the derm said good thing I showed up for my teenage acne because the malenoma would've grown into my spinal column had I waited any longer. My mom said it was at the size of a silver dollar. I remember seeing it after they cut it out - pretty deep.
California and Florida are the two most well-known states for high skin cancer rates. Go figure- sun tanning, beaches... I currently live in Florida and now their rates are increasing here. All we can do is help spread the awarenss. I sometimes want to go to the beach not to tan, but to give everyone a pep talk about skin cancer.
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.
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 PINK spot on my arm. I had two WLEs and check-ups every 4 months. I just had another check-up and full labs last week and so far so good! But I know how squirrely melanoma is. You can have a stage one melanoma removed and be fine then ten years later have metastasis. Which brings me to why I'm here... to AVOID that! I'm eating an anti-cancer diet: an absurd amount of fruits and veggies in as colorful an assortment as I can get, mostly raw, organic, and limited meat, dairy, sugar, and alcohol. I stopped using ANYTHING with chemicals on my skin. And of course, I'm trying to lose weight. I'd love to hear your stories. I'm sure there are more of us out there, I hope the group grows!
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