I am 28 years old and about 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with Melanoma. I had had a large mole on my back which I found to be ugly and about a year ago, I went to the skin cancer clinic to have it checked out. The dr said it was fine. Nothing to worry about. But, she said, I could have it removed if I wanted to for cosmetic reasons. I made an appointment to do so but ended up cancelling and then I got busy, as one does, and just never went back. It was always nagging at the back of my mind, but I told myself I had had it checked and it was fine. Then I got my yearly checkup notice in the mail, a year later, and went back. This time, I was told to have the mole removed immediately and was told that it was a melanoma.
It was 1.4mm thick, Breslow level 4, no ulceration and on the middle of my back. I have seen2 dermatologists and a plastic surgeon in the last few weeks. One told me he estimated it to be Stage 1, my plastic surgeon said it was Stage 2 so I'm not sure what stage I am exactly. I have had the melanoma removed and last week I had a wide skin excision and sentinel nodes removed from under both arms. I have not yet gotten the results back, but the drs said the nodes looked healthy when they took them out. I have also had a PET scan which came back clear.
I am new to the whole melanoma thing and honestly I am probably still in shock. My question is, is there anyone else out there in a similar situation or who was in a similar situation before? I have asked the drs what are my chances of being completely cured or of it coming back and they are hesitant to give me clear answers. I know cancer is a tricky disease with no definitive answers but I really need some peace of mind. If anyone could share their story with me, I would really appreciate it.
Other than staying out of the sun, which I do and have done for years, is there anything else I can do to prevent reoccurence?