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Oh No Associated with Skin Cancer - Melanoma. Posted on September 8, 2012 View this journey (4 Experiences)

I was diagnosed with melanoma in April 2011 after I noticed a mole on my leg that I had for as long as I can remember, changed. I was putting on lotion to tan in a tanning bed at the time. I waited for a few months to get it checked out. I went to the dermatologist on recommendation from my family doctor and they removed it immediately. A few days later I received a call to come in for results. I knew it was bad. I didn't know about melanoma, until right before I had it removed. I had quit tanning, and I looked melanoma up online, and I knew when I saw the first photo come up. I thought I was prepared as the dermatologist told my fiance and I that I had melanoma and basal cell carcinoma as well. Driving away from the appointment, the reality of it all hit me. I was set up to see a surgical oncologist and would have to have surgery. It was my Oh No moment. I wished I would have never tanned.

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