• Can anyone share their story about how they discovered their melanoma?

    Asked by UpandUp on Friday, June 7, 2013

    Can anyone share their story about how they discovered their melanoma?

    I had a spot for a long time that I just thought was a mole, never gave it much thought. Looks like I should have checked it sooner.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      I found my husband's one mole that was cancerous. It was on his back and didn't look like any of the rest of his. It was black, whereas the others were brown. He went to see a PA who told him it didn't look like melanoma "because it didn't fit the ABC's of melanoma"--asymmetry (was round), border (edges were not ragged) and color (was black throughout, not varying.) He asked my hubby did he still want it off, and luckily, he said YES. A day later the PA called to tell him it was melanoma! SOOOOO much for ABC's...I still go with my "Dr. Mom" gut--if it doesn't look or feel right, or if it's different than it used to be, GO TO THE DOCTOR! That's what I did when I found that dimple on my breast, and it turned out to be Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Be aware & seek the truth as soon as possible...it may save your life!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar
      Dick_K

      In 1998 my eye doctor questioned a mole on my cheek, not remembering it on previous exams. I truthfully paid no attention to it, never really seeing it evolve. I went to see a dermatologist, melanoma stage 1, Clark level IV. I had a negative Sentinel Node Biopsy and a Wide Local Excision with clear margins. I then started a period of annual exams and chest x-rays.

      In 2009 I had a persistent cough and my primary care physician sent me for a chest x-ray. I then had a CT scan, two lung needle biopsies, and a PET scan - metastatic melanoma in my lung. Coming up on four years now since that diagnosis.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      Mole on my back that I had had checked several times in the past with Dr.s taking no notice. Then a dermo decided it needed to be removed. Melanoma.

      almost 4 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar
      melanomamama

      I had a hinky mole on my back, but two different doctors said it looked okay, so by the time a third doc said, "That's coming off," it had advanced enough that it had secretly spread, but I lived blissfully for many years before melanoma returned with a vengeance (Stage IV.) I've lived five years now fighting advanced melanoma, and at the moment it isn't lighting up the scans, so I have a hiatus from hideous treatments.
      I hand out pamphlets from the American Cancer Society called "What You Should Know about Melanoma." Among other things, the pamphlet lists the ABCD warning signs in moles which are, Asymmetry, Border Irregularity, Color (varied in the same mole), and Diameter (larger than a pencil eraser.) You can call[phone number redacted] to ask about getting some pamphlets.
      Constance Emerson Crooker
      www.melanomamama.com

      almost 4 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar
      melanomamama

      The program removed the phone number of the American Cancer Society from my previous message. I put it there so you could call to ask for the pamphlet, "What You Should Know About Melanoma." In spite of my brain surgeries I think I can outsmart the computer by writing out the phone number in words: one, eight hundred, two two seven, two three four five.
      Constance Emerson Crooker

      almost 4 years ago
    • melissax12's Avatar
      melissax12

      I am in the same boat except my doctor asked how long it had been there and I stated a while. She measured it so we could watch it. Three years later I had it checked due to it changing and another one appeared. Both melanoma.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar
      Dick_K

      UPandUP, the ADCD rule is actually ABCDE, with E for evolution. This is a tough one to pay attention to and perhaps what tripped you up; I know it was a problem for me. It looks like melissaax12 was also watching.

      It’s not possible to understand your current status from your history but I hope this is still very early and you will have successful treatment. Best of luck to you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • AndreaS13's Avatar
      AndreaS13

      I guess my situation was unusual in that the doctor never found a "primary site" on my skin. I discovered something was terribly wrong when I woke up with terrible pain in my armpit. After a few doctor's visit's I ended up having a biopsy to confirm it was metastatic melanoma. But it's been 8 years now cancer-free, so things are good!

      almost 4 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar
      daca1964

      HI,

      I went to my PCP for my annual physical and was showing him some moles I didn't like and he found the one on my back I didn't even know I had. He scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist and then I was at Boston Medical Center for Test and Scans then surgeries the month later. It has spread to my lymph nodes in my right armpit which they removed along with the mole and year of Inter Feron and four years later I'm still here. I had Stage IIIB from using tanning beds.

      Deb

      almost 4 years ago
    • lee1's Avatar
      lee1

      My melanoma grew under a keyloid scar from a previous basel cell carcinoma. The dermatogist missed the lesion at first as it gave no ABCD indication. It was'nt until the lesion started to raise the skin that it was found. The melanoma had no change in color from my skin. It was a 11.5 mm nodular melanoma growing below a 6 mm keyloid and looked like a lump. Don't think all of the ABCDEs apply in all cases. The only indication I had was evolving lump under the skin.

      almost 4 years ago
    • scl1979's Avatar
      scl1979

      I had a small mole that started itching and puffing up really badly. I waited a good 5 months to get it checked out. It was sent to several labs to confirm that it showed signs of being consistant with malignant melanoma. Anyone else have this diagnosis. Is this pretty common with the lab results to say "consistant with malignant melanoma"? Do they ever just come out and say you have "melanoma"? It did go to the lymph nodes which also made it consistant with Melanoma. This one little mole completely changed my life. It is still so hard to believe.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Violinist's Avatar
      Violinist

      People have a hard time believing how I discovered my melanoma. My cat Mittens sleeps between my wife and I. One night a couple months ago around 3 AM, the cat started seriously scratching my back in one particular spot. (She is never known for scratching people) She really attacked that one spot. We got up, looked at my back and it was bleeding at the site of an old mole. My wife said to get it checked out and it turned out to be stage two melanoma. I'm not totally saying Mittens is some type of cancer sensing cat. She is very motherly and my wife thinks she was trying to remove the mole by herself. She did get me to the Dermatologist and a biopsy. I guess I owe a lot to that old cat.

      almost 3 years ago

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