I was first diagnosed in 1998. I had a small spot on my arm that was very itchy. My doctor said he didn't think it was anything but sent me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist also said it was nothing, but agreed to biopsy it. Melanoma stage 1a, Clarks Level III. I am a high-risk patient because of the many moles that I have.
Since then, I have had 8 more melanomas, 1 basal cell, and the start of a squamous cell. Luckily, all were stage 0, 1a, or 1b. I consider myself very lucky and am grateful to my doctors for finding them early. Stay safe and be proactive with your health.
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