I recently had a wide excision on my ankle. It is exactly where the top of my foot meets my leg, right where it bends with every step. Before surgery the doctor said I may need crutches for a couple days. It's healing "beautifully" according to the surgeon, but as you all know...beautiful is not the word I would use. She now says continue to use the crutches and keep elevated as much as possible. It's very painful and I don't see any time in the near future where I will be wanting to put pressure or a walking motion in that area. Has anyone out there had this done in this area and if so...how long does it take before the skin can handle weight and motion??? Good news is that the cancer did not get into the lymph nodes, so I will focus on that, BUT...I do have my moments of sadness as I realize my normal activities will be changes for quite a while.
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Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide. Consider:
- One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma
People under 30 are developing melanoma at an alarming rate – the incidence soaring by 50% in young women since 1980
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 & the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29
- In 2009, nearly 63,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma in the U.S., resulting in about 8,650 deaths
- The American Cancer Society projects that nearly 77,000 will be diagnosed and 10,000 will die from melanoma this year
- Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma
- Every hour of every day, someone will die from the disease