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How To Identify Spots That May Be Skin Cancer

Updated on February 18, 2015
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Don't Ignore That Spot On Your Skin!

Right after Christmas of 2012, I noticed that the birthmark on my face (see photo, cheek) had changed color, gotten darker, and changed shape a bit. I was in the process of preparing for a knee replacement surgery in February, so I made a note to myself to get it checked out after that was all over with.

In April, I noticed that there was a new spot under my eye where I had a surgery the previous year for a basal cell carcinoma. I went in to get it checked out by my plastic surgeon. He said that spot was harmless, but he didn't like the looks of my birthmark! He removed the birthmark the next week, and the bad news came back that it was malignant Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. I underwent surgery in May, a wide resection of my face, with reconstruction. Thankfully the pathology report came back that I was cancer free. To say that this was an incredible ordeal to go through would be a huge understatement! It devastated me.

You can avoid going through an ordeal like this by being vigilant about your skin!

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What's Your Opinion?

Should Tanning Beds Be Banned To Prevent Skin Cancer?

Yes! I think they are unsafe and no one should use them. It's a safety issue, like the government outlaws harmful chemicals and so forth.

Yes! I think they are unsafe and no one should use them. It's a safety issue, like the government outlaws harmful chemicals and so forth.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      After losing my Dad to malignant melanoma, I tell people to stay out of them. But then people do have the right to choose....tough one but will go with regulations....there is no such thing as a healthy tan.

    No! It's a person's right to do harm to themselves with tanning beds if they choose to. It's a personal choice and should not be regulated.

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          MaryRoseFitz 3 years ago

          Thank you for the resources you have collated on skin cancer - they have been very helpful to me. In New Zealand where I live, we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. And I am always interested to learn more about this deadly disease. I wish you good health.

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          gadifi lm 4 years ago

          I will have to commend you with this lens, great information thanks for sharing

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          Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

          @anonymous: Thank you so much, Tipi. You are so kind!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You are a warrior in encouraging others and sounding an alarm that needed to be sounded! This is something no one ever wants to become an expert on but now that you are, it has given you a platform to reach into the lives of others...may the angels watch over you...

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          TapIn2U 4 years ago

          Thank you for sharing your experience. Sundae ;-)