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I haven't posted in quite a while….thankfully because I am NED! I do have a question though. The large scar where I had my WLE on the back of my shoulder has become lumpy and sensitive. However, pigmentation looks pink (various shades). It seems like the lumpiness has increased over the last couple of months (surgery is now a year ago). What does a reoccurence on the scar look like? I guess I don't know any of this since my orginal tumor was a deep tumor and not a mole…interested in anyone else's experience with a reoccurence on a scar.
My father’s reoccurence on the scar looked like a small ball under the skin. It depends what kind of melanoma u had. My father has nodular type.. What means that reoccurence can look like nodules.. The shape of balls under the skin. It can appear arround the scar, but also far away from it. My neighbor has nodular melanoma on his feet, with reoccurence on his underbelly. Also looked like a ball under skin with violet colour.
Better to check every suspicious thing on your skin.
Ted, I'm happy for your NED status! I've recurrence on/beneath the scar from my lymph node removal in my neck. The recurrence just looked lumpy, no change in skin color or texture, not pink or sensitive. All bodies are different, however. I always err on the side of getting things checked, so they don't make me crazy. My lesson with this one was to stay with a melanoma specialist, who would probably not have mistaken it (as the regular derm did) for scar tissue. Hope this has been helpful.
My husband had a bump a few inches up from his wide excision. The determatologist said it was scar tissue so my husband let it sit. After a few months it was itching and growing. Turns out it was a very deep melanoma. Get it checked asap!
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