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Re: I’m 28 and Scared out of my mind- just diagnosed

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community I’m 28 and Scared out of my mind- just diagnosed Re: I’m 28 and Scared out of my mind- just diagnosed

    Jim in Denver
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      Hi Uvagirl,

      Please try to be calm and gather infomation.  Get a copy of the Pathology Report and review it with your Doctor (Dermatologist?).  Ask the Doc for a detailed explaination.  Your Doc wants to make sure that the area around the original mole excision is "clear" and that the border areas show no melanoma, both on the surface and below.  You will want to ask what "Stage" you have – it most likely Stage I.  In its early stages, melanoma can be effecitively treated by surgery, whih you ar doing.  You will need to be vigilant going forward looking for other potential moles, although melanoma can occur without you or your Doctor finding it.  It can also be extremely small, like a pen point.  It does not have to be from a mole.  Please do some research on your own, but do not be fearful of knowledge – you need to become educated.

      This board is more geared to later Stage patients – III and IV, but other may have more information for you.  It can take some time to get responses, but I wanted to offer you some reassurance.  I am a Stage IV patient myself.

      Best Wishes,

      Jim

       

       

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