Originally Posted by Bamaman
I'm sorry that so many of you have had prostate issues. It's another of those "when rather than if" situations if you live to be old enough.
I've been fortunate in that department. But I had a small spot on the side of my nose 18 months ago, and it ended up being the first stage of melanoma. I couldn't believe it took such a long incision to get out.
I recently had a dark spot on a forearm that the dermatologist suspected was another melanoma. He took a plug and sent it to pathology. It too was the start of a melanoma, and the 3 inch incision looks like I was in a knife fight.
Skin issues are another area that everyone needs to watch closely--especially for those that have spent a lot of time outdoors. If a melanoma grows deep, it gets into your bloodstream and can quickly kill.
Thanks for reminding me that I have to make an appointment with the dermatologist this month (probably next month, now.) I always have two or three suspicious spots burned off - likely basal cell if anything. So far, she has not been suspicious of melanoma. I hope it stays that way. I was never a big sun worshipper but I'm relatively fair.
So glad you caught your cancers in time!