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      Hi. Summer 2017 I was diagnosed with a Satage 1A Melanoma. It was pretty random. A tiny scab that wouldn’t heal on my right calf. Very small but it came back Melanoma and a month ago another mole came back atypical. Now I have developed a hard immobile pea sized lump under my left ear up by the jawline. Do you tell your melanoma doctor about this or do you call your normal physician. And what are the chances it is even related? Kinda is ruining my day fussing about it. I don’t like the “unknown” part of all of this. Like to me stage 1a should mean no worries go get checks but I find myself connecting all sort of weird dots. Is that normal or hypochondria?
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          When in doubt, check it out…it will also reduce your worry.  I am Stage 1b.  I was told to check my lymph nodes monthly and if I feel any lump (pea size) in my nodes, to contact my dermatologist immediately.  Good luck!

            I would definitely get a dermatologist to check it. They are more familiar with these kinds of things. Don’t worry about it definitely being bad yet though. Cysts are very common.

              Speak with both docs, and keep tabs on any changes in it's size. Continued increase in size would certainly indicate a need for biopsy. From your right calf to your jawline would be quite a distance for mel to have traveled via lymph system, without leaving a trail of additional swollen nodes behind. Buuuuut… there are those oddball "4 percenters" who leap from 1a to IV….. so have a doc look and palpate, if for no other reason than to have it documented on your records.  


                Have both ENT and dermatologist check it out.  If either one won't see you within a week or ten days, camp out in their reception area.  Hard lumps in that part of your face are nothing to wait and see about.  Make sure they measure it and keep a record of the measurement.  Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking something is or is not growing-don't guess.

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