Sep 26, 2011 - 10:34 pm
At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Stage I melanoma on my back. It came as quite a shock! They did a wide excision and removed 1" around the melanoma which all came back clean. Last year, 5 years after my initial diagnosis, I was diagnosed with another Stage I melanoma on my upper arm. They did a wide excision on that melanoma as well which came back clean. I have never had any other testing - lymph nodes, blood work, chest xrays, etc. The doctors told me that for Stage I melanoma the additional tests weren't necessary. I would just need periodic skin checks for the rest of my life. I have a lot of abnormal moles and I am freaked out by this concept. Are there any other Stage I survivors out there who get additional testing than periodic skin checks by their dermatologist?