melanoma? help =(
i went to my dermatologist the other day because of a freckle on my face. it is dark brown/black, while my other freckles are very light brown. it has grown bigger in the past couple 2-3 years so my GP suggested getting it checked out last year, but with a list of other health problems to deal with i put it off until now because i assumed freckles normally get bigger the more u go in the sun and i know a lot of peopel with dark freckles. i used to go in tanning beds almost everyday a few years ago. but recently ive cut down i go at most three times a week. this month ive probably only gone about 4 times. anways i got to my dermatologist and she was extremely nasty. i was a little burned because i went tannin the day before for the first time in 2 weeks and accidently overdid it. she was legitimatly yelling at me and telling me when i grow up i am going to look like a white trash ***** who slept with 20 guys. she also told me that i have absolutly no right to come in there and worry about getting checked for skin cancer because i tan and that she feels no sympathy for me. she also told me no one wants to look at all the spots on my face ( ive had freckles on my face since i was a little kid! its how i was born) due to tanning. she also said that the dark spot on my face could possibly be melanoma and i have to get it dug out. is it just me, or are doctors not supposed to act this way? i feel like there are a lot worse people then me when it comes to tanning. im not saying its good for you but i know its not but is going twice a week really that harmful? or was she just being over the top. i feel like a professional doctor should not talk to a patient like that. also, people who have had melanoma..what did yours look like? im going to post a picture of my freckle. if anyone has any knowledge on this can you please tell me if this looks ike skin cancer. im going to get it removed like she said because she suggested it. but i kinda want other opinions because i feel like she was extremely rude and over the top its hard to take someones advice who acts like that. she acted like one of those "if you smoke one ciggerettte a year your going to die from lung cancer people" i agree tanning is bad for you im not aruging that. i KNOW it is. but is going occassionally really as dangerous as she made it sound. sorry this is very long. im also not trying to offend anyone who has gotten cancer by saying tanning is not bad. i DO THINk tanning is bad for you in large amounts. i just want different opinions on tanning & on my freckle before i chop a chunk of skin off my face and have a permanent scar.
Last edited by lmc23; 05-21-2011 at 08:49 AM.