It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Cancer: Skin Message Board

  • possible biopsy questions: melanoma

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 11-29-2004, 02:45 AM   #1
    kem2cdm
    Junior Member
     
    kem2cdm's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Mar 2004
    Posts: 41
    kem2cdm HB User
    Arrow possible biopsy questions: melanoma

    Alright, so here's my situation.


    About four or five years ago, I got this freckle on the bottom of my heel, a bit off towards the side. It grew quickly, within a few months, and it's slightly misshaped and the color is brown, but not all that consistant. It's about 1/4 inches in length but hasn't grown larger than that since it originally developed.

    I have a freckle on the palm my hand, but it's not at all abnormal or mishaped, but I figured my heel as well would be a weird place to be a freckle (b/c the lack of sun exposure.) Especially with the contours of a foot, the way the skin is so thick underneath that it would be probable for a freckle to spread out like that.


    This semester I went ot school in Australia, and you know how they're big on skin cancer here... I saw an article in a magazine with pictures of melanoma, and it looks kind of like the freckle on my heel.

    I'm prone to sunburns, but cancer doesn't run in my family. It never occured to me that it could be cancer because for starters, it's on an area of my body that NEVER sees the sun. I also developed this when I was about 15, now I'm 20.

    I know the best advice is to get a biopsy, but what happens? Is it technically surgery, where they numb me up and cut me open on a table? Or can it be done on a doctor's checkup? How deep into it do they cut?

    Also, I've had this for about five years already, what happens if I do nothing? Has it already been there long enough for it to be too late, has it already spread? How long does it take to spread? Is age 15 too early to get cancer, when I've always been perfectly healthy? What happens if it's already spread, what kind of treatments would I have to go through?

    If it has spread, what other physical symptoms could I now possibly be facing?



    I ask this because I'm a bit jittery, it's an issue that never had occured to me until recently. Skin cancer, or any cancer - it's just a scary term that I never thought could happen to me...

    ... of course it could also be nothing, but in any case I would like your words of experience on the issue.


    Thank you.

    Last edited by kem2cdm; 11-29-2004 at 02:48 AM.

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 11-29-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
    FL_Trish
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    FL_Trish's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Nov 2004
    Location: Florida
    Posts: 35
    FL_Trish HB User
    Re: possible biopsy questions: melanoma

    Hi Kem,

    I too had a mole (or freckle) close to the same area. I had it for about 4 years. Though, it was small at one point, it started growing about 1-2 years ago and then finally kept the same size for a while.
    I did go to a dermatologist, who told me not to worry about it.

    Just few weeks ago I went to another doctor (the freckle looked too close to the magazine pictures of melanoma), though I did not feel anything wrong nor it changed sizes again.
    The doctor did a biopsy and it was indeed melanoma.
    Though I had that freckle for years, the melanoma is 'in situ' or in its early stages.
    I was very fortunate that way.

    So... to answer to your questions, it is never too late to have it checked out.
    I also do not fit the profile... have brown eyes, brown skin, brown hair, never sun burn, and no history of cancer in my family... (or maybe I am adopted! hehe).
    So... hurry and have it checked out.
    When I went to the doctor, he did a biopsy the same day.
    He removed about 1/2" diameter or skin and though I can't tolerate pain, it was painless. It took about a week for me to get the results.

    Now, since mine was actually melanoma, they will have to remove more skin around that area to make sure that they get it all out.
    Hopefully, it will happen this week.

    So... don't worry... just be careful with the sun mean while (use sun block and avoid being out under the sun)... it anything, it will make you feel more pro-active.
    But, make an appointment as soon as possible, so you can know what is going on and what you need to do (if anything).
    I also had another freckle that got removed about 1 year ago (about 1/4" dia)... and the results came out as negative.

    Keep us updated on how it goes with the doctor.

    Trish

     
    Old 11-29-2004, 06:48 PM   #3
    kem2cdm
    Junior Member
     
    kem2cdm's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Mar 2004
    Posts: 41
    kem2cdm HB User
    Re: possible biopsy questions: melanoma

    Thank you so much for your response.

    Another question: did you have to get local anesthetic when you got it done? How deep do they cut into it? Any stitches involved?

    Thank you.

     
    Old 11-30-2004, 05:10 PM   #4
    Belle2003
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Oct 2003
    Posts: 1,061
    Belle2003 HB User
    Re: possible biopsy questions: melanoma

    The doctor gives you a shot or two in the area to be biopsyed. Then he takes a small shave of skin to get off the freckle. He puts on a bandaid and you are on your way! If it does come back positive then he would do the same but take a deeper cut with you possibly needing stitches.

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Dark Spot Inside Shave Biopsy Hole - Other questions too NJMom18 Cancer: Skin 1 01-11-2010 10:36 AM
    dr told me i have melanoma before biopsy 8weekoldbaby Cancer: Skin 6 05-06-2009 08:25 PM
    possible melanoma... DR Appt questions athenapink Cancer: Skin 9 03-04-2009 07:50 PM
    Biopsy results - what does it mean? annafcolbrie Cancer: Skin 1 11-18-2005 06:30 AM
    Punch Biopsy - Suspected Melanoma-Waiting bago Cancer: Skin 7 03-30-2005 07:03 AM
    11 yr old DD had biopsy of mole on top of her BIG toe. Referred to plastic surgeon. kippy6 Cancer: Skin 12 09-23-2004 07:44 AM
    possible melanoma? rara11 Cancer: Skin 9 11-23-2003 10:14 AM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:57 AM.





    © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!