Re: Get A Yearly Full Body Checkup To Guard Yourself Against Melanoma..
I'm telling everyone I know to keep an eye on brown spots that you can't get rid of. Mine was a small, almost triangular shape on my cheek...looked like an age spot (that you'd usually see on someone's hand). I tried several laser treatments, then a chemical peel...nothing worked. There were no irregular edges, you couldn't feel it (it was flush with my skin). Thank God the physician's assistant I saw in July has a philosophy of doing biopsies on "things that don't go away". I had stage one melanoma. I now have a 3" scar on my face that I'm hoping will just about disappear by February (if not, I'm having some type of plastic surgery...it's been rough going out in public even tho' I am grateful to be alive). So, it isn't always ugly moles that are signs of melanoma.