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Hi, I’m a 40 year old mom of 2 (8 and almost 5) and was diagnosed with stage 1a melanoma last week when I went in for a regular check up and the dr saw a questionable mole. The lab report stated it was 0.3 mm and that the surrounding tissue was benign. I was able to get an appointment later in the week for a wide local excision and am now recovering but I’m really freaking out and worried. Everything I’ve read said that this was caught early and I’m really very lucky all things considered but I can’t help but be really scared and anxious. Lab results from the WLE won’t be available before the 28th, but more likely 8/31. My dad who is a Dr and several other Dr friends have told me everything is going to be fine, but none of them are dermatologists.
Hang in there. Waiting is certainly tough. All you are hearing is true. <1mm is good (well, as good as it can be). .3mm was very early. No doubt you should find a good dermatologist and get regular checks.
Sunscreen, UPF rated clothing and a large brim hat are good to protect from the sun.
Try to keep yourself busy with everyday activities and stay away from Dr. Google.
Hey I had my first mm dx like yours over 20 years ago. A second a little deeper 10 years ago. Good for you to catch it early and have it removed! Just do self exams and keep your appointments with your derm on a regular basis. Your odds for complete recovery on this one are virtually 100%. And now that you know what to look for you should be good to go! Get them early= no worry. I see my derm every 6 months. Regular monitoring is the key.
I understand that you may be feeling anxious, but it’s important to keep in mind that stage 1a melanoma can be treated successfully if detected early. Try to stay positive and keep yourself distracted by spending quality time with your children, engaging in relaxing activities, and avoiding excessive online research. Rely on your support system for emotional strength and trust your medical team. The results from the lab will likely confirm your positive prognosis.
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