I was diagnosed with melanoma on my lower left back in early January, 2010. I immediately had that little sucker cut right out. The surgeon oncologist said that I was Stage I. Great! Eight months later I go to my dermatologist for my quarterly checkup and she is sure I have another tumor on my upper right shoulder. She took a biopsy today but, of course, I will have to wait until Monday to get the results. My question is, is this normal? It seems inconsistant that a Stage I could spread that far, that fast. Has anyone else had such a situation occur? Am I facing surgery every eight months for the rest of my life? Unfortunately, when they did the original surgery, they could not biopsy the lymph nodes since they were located deep in the belly and not accessable by needle. They would have had to do major abdominal surgery to get to them. It has me worried that I may really be a Stage III. Any thoughts from the experts?