I was the typical sun worshiper (baby oil!) in my late teens/early adulthood. I had a I don't care attitude
when people told me to be careful about skin cancer; I'll deal with it later..... Now I am a middle ages mom who is scared to death about developing skin cancer because of the stupid things I did in my youth...all for that "healthy glow".....I think this fear came out more intense because i have children who need me and I am responsible for.
I watch my skin for changes and try to visit my dermatologist at least once a year. I have an appoitment next week with my doctor but thought I'd drop a note here because I am an anxious individual and am really impressed with all the feedback and knowledge on this board regarding skin changes due to various conditions.
In my mid 20's I had a displastic nevi taken off, under my breast (a small black mole) and was told it was pre-cancerious. Okay
So I still sat in the sun (we go to Greece every summer, how cannot I?), but this time with protection and rarly burn, just tanned slowly.
I have noticed (over the past year) that I have BEEN getting more and more RED raised (blood filled??) beauty marks across my stomach and chest area. One in particular is under my breast which is bigger than the others and I think
is growing (very slowly if at all). DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THESE AND WHAT ARE THEY?
Second I just found two things on my skin right above my breast (one - dime sized, the other- pencil eraser sized). They are close to each other, ever so slightly raised, dull, pink, patches. They don't hurt or bleed and have not been on my chest for very long. SHOULD I WORRY?
Any feedback would be appreciated. I wish I was not as anxious as I am but I think back at my youth and cringe.....oh by the way....does anyone know how long it takes for skin cancer to appear before it's melanoma?
Thanks to all who respond.....have a great day!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE SKIN CANCER BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE?