Patient Comments: Melanoma (Skin Cancer) - Symptoms

What did your melanoma look like when you first noticed it? What was the size of the growth?

Comment from: lreese, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

My first sign was a feeling of being poked in the back with a stick. I turned around and there was nothing there that could have poked me. A week later a large growth came up on my back shoulder. I have no insurance so I waited to get settled in a new city to have it looked at. Malignant Melanoma. I have had two surgeries now, a large tumor removed from my back, and sentinal lymph nodes and secondary lymph nodes. The others they took were cancer free.

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Comment from: Nat3333, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 30

My boyfriend had a mole checked out 3 years ago and it turned out to be melanoma. He had surgery on 6 lymph nodes and they all came out clear. About a month ago my boyfriend fell ill out of nowhere, and had a chronic migraine that hurt so badly that he vomited, couldn't eat nor drink anything, and was bedridden for a week. After his general practitioner told him it was tension headache he was prescribed 4 diff meds, none of which worked. I told him we should go to the ER since he didn't feel any better after a week. We ended getting admitted that night and stayed for 4 days running tests. His cancer came back very aggressively with 9 brain tumors, lung cancer, and cancer in his lymph nodes. It is stage 4. We are 3 weeks into radiation and start chemo shortly after. And to think we went to the hospital for a headache, and came home with the worst prognosis. Good luck to everyone going through this awful disease. It is not easy.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

A large, symmetrical brown mole appeared on my leg overnight. I waited months to get it looked at because it looked like other large moles I had had removed in the past, which were all normal. The mole bled and developed black spots, at which time I went to my family physician, who referred me to a dermatologist. It turned out to be nodular melanoma, stage 2b, no metastasis.

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Comment from: FEDUP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have Clark's Stage IV. I regret the day I allowed a dermatologist to biopsy the tumor. If I had left it alone, and had applied oil of oregano, the tumor would have dried up, the skin would have healed and returned to normal. No metastatis would have occurred. Medical science does not warn people about the metastatis. It only wants to charge for removing a tumor that should be left alone and treated with natural substances. Instead of enjoying life, I am fighting to survive metastasis. What they don't bother to tell you can destroy your life. They lie and then act innocent. They don't know everything there is to know about healing the body. It's all about drugs, chemo, surgery and more surgeries until the human body dies. The medical profession, big pharm, and associated professions get paid whether you live or die. They have no incentive to find natural ways to cure the human body. The body must have what it is made out of (nutrients) to heal. Instead we are fed drugs and more drugs. It's time for a revolution on how disease is treated.

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Comment from: J.R., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I am 23 year-old white male and had a vertical brownish stripe on my big toe. I didn't think much of it until I saw a medical program on TV that said it might be melanoma. My dermatologist just said to monitor it, but I ended up going to a podiatrist who took a biopsy and it ended up indeed being melanoma.

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Comment from: Maria, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

This happened many years ago. I had an itchy wart on my head, in my hair. When I went to the doctor for my acne, he asked me if I had any other open wounds or sores on my body. I told him about the wart. He took a piece of it, had it examined, and when I returned to him in a month, he burned it off right in his office. It was cancerous, and the procedure didn't hurt at all! Be wary of any "sores" that do not heal.

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Comment from: mark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

A small brown mole appeared on the inside of my right forearm. Flat, one color, unremarkable. It puffed up for a day or two and I became suspicious of it. I had it looked at by a dermatologist and he said it was harmless. Months later it puffed up again and I had another dermatologist give me the same diagnosis. I told him I wanted it off because I had bad feelings about it. He took it off and two days later told me that it was Melanoma. It was .9mm deep and MD Anderson hospital excised a 3" patch of flesh and took out the sentinel lymph node. Both were negative. That was 13 years ago. Check yourself, trust your feelings.

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