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You have Stage I melanoma. You will need surgery to remove the cancer as well as the removal of normal skin around the tumor to ensure that we have caught it all.
Because of the size of the tumor, we will also do a lymph node biopsy to determine if the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes, and may have to remove the lymph nodes near the cancer.
We will be scheduling this surgery as quickly as possible. You're very young, and your cancer was caught early enough where you have an excellent prognosis of full recovery.
It is very likely that this deadly form of skin cancer was caused by even one serious sunburn as a child, or if you are tanning your skin either by being unprotected in the sun or visiting indoor tanning beds.
You must never again be unprotected in the sun. Choose shade wherever possible, wear a minimum of SPF 30, 12 months per year, and cover your skin with clothing
My surgery was successful and fortunately the biopsy of my lymph nodes was negative. I now have regular visits to the Dermatologist, and have had a few other cancer spots removed that were diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma.
I thought having a tan made me look healthy, but what I've learned is that is the complete opposite. Tanning almost took my life, and I will forever be in fear that I may discover another melanoma because I have damaged my skin by years of tanning.