Apr 29, 2002 - 2:20 am
How fast can a melanoma spread? Months?? Years??? I've always had a mole on my right side, and to the right of my breast. Ever since I can remember, its been there. As I got older, the mole grew. It became larger than the end of a pencil eraser. Then about 8 months ago a little red dot appeared inside the mole, at the edge. Over the 8 months the red dot got bigger and bigger till the mole became twice its size and it started to itch. I went to my normal doctor after the first 2 months the spot appeared and he told me not to worry. "It's most likely just another mole growing into the other one," he said. I didn't think that sounded right, but I let it go. Until, two weeks ago when I went to a dermatologist. He wouldn't even let me leave the office until he surgically removed it. So, I got stitches for the first time in my entire life. I was very scared, and I still am. My dermatologist scheduled me to go back in 10 days to get the stitches out and results back. When I went back he told me it was melanoma. He called a plastic surgeon right away to make a larger incision. I also had to get bloodwork and chest x-rays. Everything is just happening so fast. Now, I sit here and wonder. What happens next? What if the cancer has spread? I have so many questions. And to add to my worries, my dad is going through basically the same thing I am. He just had to get a second surgery because they found melanoma. My grandmother (dad's mother) died of melanoma. I am so frightened...