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  • Hello, New to the forum. I'm 30 years old and went for my first skin check with a doctor, where she removed one mole. This mole came back atypical but the labs did not grade it and simply said it was: "Atypical Melanocytic Nevus, Associated with In-Situ Cannot Be Excluded." This biopsy didn't sit right with me so I went to a second derm - who agreed that the biopsy results were very confusing and very inconclusive, but called for an excision nonetheless. In that time, I had 4 more moles biopsies that I had requested, now that I knew one was atypical. All four came back atypical on different scales of mild-moderate, one more needing a deeper punch and another needing an excision. So all in all, my first trip to the derm and I have 5 atyical moles, not a single one came back benign and I'm sick to my stomach. I don't know what this means, but it feels like I'm inevitably destined to have melanoma. And I keep reviewing every other mole on my body, thinking what else is atypical on me right now that just hasn't been caught. Are 5 atypical moles right off the bat a terrible sign? What does this mean for me? My future feels so dark right now.

    It's time for a knowledge share! Please share your best advice and tips for others living with skin cancer:
    • What tips do you have for managing the summer/sun with skin cancer?
    • What advice do you have for the newly diagnosed?
    • What tips do you have for caregivers, family, and friends?

    Had surgery on face 11/7/2017 positive margins. Consultation with my surgeon on 12/8/2017 need another surgery. I am very nervous is this silly of me?

    I have three lesions on scalp which have been there for over 5 years. Can someone tell me what they are ? I am really scared. Attaching a close-up of one of the lesions via a mobile phone camera

    I am going in for a screening soon. I have had them before. I have had biopsies. So far two basal cells. It’s a concern since my mom had melanoma on her leg. I have two new growths to be checked out. Does this ever get easier? When I try to talk to my friends about my nervousness before appointments or while waiting for biopsy results, they don’t seem to get it.

    Hi..I've been trying to get an appointment with dermatologist however their computers are down for two days now. So I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out if this small, dome shaped, clear thingy next to crease of nose is cancer? I noticed it maybe two months ago. Looking at it with a magnifier it has a tiny indent. A few weeks ago I noticed a speck of blood and dabbed with a tissue. Just a TINY bit from middle. So I thought whatever it was will heal . But the dome, clear with center indent is still there. Not noticeable to others so it's very small. I'm 61 with fair skin and yes quilty of much sun exposure without sunscreen . Anyway to tell the difference between just harmless sebaceous hyperplasia since photos I've seen look so similar to basal cell? Thank you.

    I have three lesions on scalp which have been there for over 5 years. Can someone tell me what they are ? I am really scared. Attaching a close-up of one of the lesions via a mobile phone camera

    My diagnostic appointment isn't until Dec. 11 but I'm very worried because I meet all the risk factors (light skinned, blue eyed, burn easily) and I've had several bad burns over my life. I'm 60 years old and I have a raised pink bump on the tip of my nose that's been there for about a year … it bled and crusted over several times but now is just pink and shiny, about 1/4 inch. But what scares me is now that I'm researching, I'm seeing a TON of scarlike tissue all over my nose, from the bottom to like 3/4 of the way up. I'm pretty certain it's morpheoform BCC and I'm afraid to wait until Dec. 11! Has anyone had morpheoform and can you post your experience here if you have?

    Share your tips, tricks, and challenges for dealing with topical chemotherapy. Connect with others who've used Efudex (Fluorouracil) or other topical chemos.

    Who has had immunotherapy? I had Ipi/Nivo combo (one infusion) and landed in the hospital for severe response. I then went to Nivolumab for 14 infusions and finished treatment back in October. Anyone else done Nivo for awhile? What are you side effects post-treatment? Our treatment options are so new and everyone is so different, I'm curious what other people are going through.

    Hello, First time poster here. I have an odd looking red spot on my face that started from a shaving cut a couple years ago. It seems to always get irritated when I shave, even though I try to go light over it. I went to a derma about a year ago and the tech suggested I have it burned off. It seemed to heal ok, but not quite 100%. Now its back. Would anyone here have an idea of what this is? Thank you so much in advance!!

    Has anyone been told they have an aggressive Basel cell he said it went into the fat layer, and dummy me should of asked more questions .waiting on biopsy for Basel cell and squamous cell didn't get it all the first time.

    We're excited to meet each and every member of the community - and that includes you! Tell us a little bit about why you're here - What type of skin cancer are you dealing with? How old were you when you were diagnosed? What brings you to our site? Want to see all the conversations in the community? Go to the Community Page here!

    I have this spot on my head it won’t go away does it look like cancer? Msg me to see

    I went to dermatologist for a sore that didn't heal on my forehead. Biopsy came back basal cell. He did a complete body scan and found another on my scalp. Biopsy also came back basal cell. I have Mohs scheduled for 9-11-19. I am totally scared that my scalp since it is old will be deep and massive on the outside it is maybe 1/2 inch.. He told me the scalp one has been there for a long while. If it was aggressive or deep would the biopsy have told him that? I had to wait a month for Mohs they are So busy. Thanks

    A place to discuss squamous cell carcinoma treatment, including but not limited to surgery.

    My profile picture shows a mark on my skin along with an under skin lump.

    Last week I found a greyish/purple freckle that was not there a month ago. Its roughly about 6mm in size and in a place that does not get sun. I am getting it removed and tested this week. My doctor said she is not highly concerned but because of the size and the fact that it popped up within a month she wants to test it to make sure. I am just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.

    I am scheduled to have an excision of a BCC on my shin in about a month. This is my 3rd BCC, so I know what to expect with the excision. At least I think I do. :-) My first two BCCs were on my face and shoulder. I had Mohs surgery on my face and an excision on my shoulder, both of which went well and the scars have healed nicely. I'm a little more concerned about this third one though, mostly as to the recovery. The BCC on my shin has been there for several years and is larger than the others I've had. The dermatologist and I both thought it was just a scar. Finally this year I noticed that it had changed and had it biopsied just in case. It was just a shave biopsy, no stitches, but it still took a really long time to heal. Much longer than other biopsies I had done at the same time on my face and neck (which were negative - yay!) I know that excisions on lower limbs can be slower to heal, and I'm guessing this one will be a doozy. I'm also worried that just flexing my ankle while walking could pull on the stitches. I know I'll have to stay out of the gym for 2 weeks until the stitches are out, (plus I'm annoyed that spring should be arriving here in Kansas right about the time I'm supposed to limit my activity), but I can live with that. :-) If anyone has thoughts about wound healing on a lower leg that they'd like to share, I'd love to hear them! Thanks, Christy

    Hi, I am hoping there is someone I can talk with as I am trying not to show my worries to my family. I go to the bathroom to cry which is pretty often. I blame myself that I got into this mess. About one month after I gave birth (I was 41 years old) a tiny mole appeared on the side of my knee about 2-3mm, I noticed it because I virtually have no moles, maybe a handfull of what you might call freckles here and there. I thought it was just post pregnancy moles, because I also got skin tags and lots of cherry angiomas as well. Three years on, this mole never went away, I never found it suspicious because I am quite uneducated with regards to moles and melanomas since I never had any moles to begin with. About a month ago I read up on mole melanoma and looked closer at my one mole. I became concerned because I had spent most of my youth in the sun unprotected. I am a dark haired but have light coloured mediterranean skin that does not burn so easily. I can probably sit in the sun for a good 30-40mins before I start to burn and even then, by the evening it will just turn to a tan colour. But as a young adult I have to admit I pushed my boundaries and have burnt myself several times. I blame my stupidity and ignorance now and hate myself for it. So a few days ago I visited the dermatologist, while the mole never grew or bothered me, it caused serious visual concerns to the dr, who had it immediately removed and sent for a biopsy. She told me she doesn't think its melanoma but really, how does she know this? I have to wait 12 days for the biopsy results and I don't know how I can last until then. I am an emotional mess, I don't know how to cope. Every research I have done points to the fact that most likely its cancer and probably spread since I allowed it for years to sit on my legs it had a good chance to spread in my body. I don't except anyone to diagnose me on this forum, just someone to talk to because I can't do it with my family. I just feel that while most people have regular moles removed my situation is different because I never had moles, but because of sun damage and this unique one popping up after the age of 40, so it must be cancer.
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