Dreading Derm Visit. So Scared

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2/5/2013 9:54am
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Hi All.  I'm new to the site.  I'm a 40 y/o white male with fair skin.  I saw my primary care doc for a lesions on my chest.  It's certainly atypical for melanoma presentation, but it has enlarged over the past 18 months, and started to appear dry and bleed in spots.  It appears like a slightly raised, reddish, mole-like.  I didn't pay it much attention at first, but after my primary care suggested a see a dermatologist for a biopsy, I'm really nervous.  I didn't sleep at all last night, so on top of the anxiety, I'm exhausted. 

Any advice from you guys?  I've always thought that by the time the mole/lesion is bleeding that it's quite advanced and there's not much that can be done.  Any help you all can give would be so greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks so much. 

Anxiety sucks.  Big time.   Did you get an appointment to the dermatologist yet?  If not, do you have an appointment and did you make them aware that your primary care doctor is suspecting possible Melanoma?  Make sure they are aware.  They can get you in faster and you will be closer to your answers. 

As for the lesion and bleeding, don't get crazy !  The information that you are reading is the worst case scenerio.  I am sure more people will advise you of the same thing.  I too, was in your shoes two years ago.  I was that worrried, cant sleep, OMG what is going to happen to me, person.   I am alive and well, here talking to you with no signs of Melanoma.  Dont worry until someone tells you to.  and PS.  If for some reason this comes back and IS melanoma? Breathe and then come on here and ask everyone again for help .  Everyone on here is so helpful, even with finding a doctor. (Melanoma specialist if needed )

Hang in there and keep us posted!   Good luck...

 

Kathy in NJ   Stage 3A since 1/2011