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Last week Sunday, I noticed a brand new, raised mole on the back of my right leg. It was about 5mm in diameter and quite raised (Like a black wart, sorry if TMI).
I went straight to my GP who refered me to a Dermatologist, who I saw on Tuesday this week.
He took one look at it and said he was 'fairly certain it was a Malignant Melanoma'. He removed it straight away and sent it off for testing. I go back next week Tuesday for the results of how deep the Malenoma goes and what treatment will follow.
I am terrified at the moment and keep thinking of the worst case scenario...but am trying to remind myself that there was a maximum of 9 days between the mole appearing and it being removed....hopefully quick enough to stop any of it spreading.
Does anyone have any positive stories to share? Anything to keep me hopeful?
How frightening for you. But I do know at least 2 people who have had a malignant melanoma, and both were successfully treated and remain cancer-free many years down the line I might be wrong, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that if caught early this is one of the most treatable cancers.
My husband had malignant melanoma diagnosed in 2000 - similar to you, fastr tracked from GP tp consultant to removal within two weeks - he had the mole removed and had annual checks for 5 years, experiencing no proglems now.
My husband had malignant melanoma diagnosed in 2000 - similar to you, fast tracked from GP to consultant to removal within two weeks - he had the mole removed and had annual checks for 5 years, experiencing no problems now.
If it's any reassurance, my half sister had this (it was malignant) and because it was caught early she was absolutely fine. She'll have to have ongoing 6-month checks, but that's a small price to pay...
Try not to worry. The fact you've identified it early is hugely positive
My sister had this about 16 years ago. It was on top of her left boob. they cut out the mole, sent it for testing and it came back as malignant melanoma. She then went back a few days later and the cut out around where the mole had been (imagine an area the size and shape of a quarter of a satuma).
I'm late- but great news, wonderful (and to let you know that your post gave me the kick up the arse I needed to get a mole checked on my face that I've been 'keeping an eye on' for a while). GP's tomorrow.