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3/31/12 2:38 P

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Thanks so much for sharing. I am very lucky that my melanoma was diagnosed very early before it got deeper. I am 68, and I was on hormone replacement therapy. In England they did a study that shows there is a 20% increase in melanoma in women on hormone replacement therapy there. So I tapered off, and I am now off the hormones. My melanoma was weird, like a big flat back freckle on the back of my calf. It started out like a little black dot, then began to grow. It's hard to notice these moles when they are on your back or the back of your leg. So now I go for a mole check every 6 months at the dermatologist. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

3/29/12 11:48 A

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You're speaking to the choir here as many of us have been diagnosed with melanoma (including me, amelanotic stage 1 level 2). Please do not lose hope, check out this blog of a woman in my town who has stage 4 melanoma that's currently in remission. She credits a fairly new treatment she's on (Yervoy).
/2012/03/change-of-course.html She also recently spoke to the Idaho legislature about the dangers of tanning beds and established a foundation to start promoting awareness in local schools. I agree about not letting fear take over and about spreading the word. Thanks for sharing your story, and hang in there!


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3/29/12 11:31 A

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emoticon for sharing. I was lucky the itchy mile on my back was just a BCC and easily removed. Now I constantly cover up.

Hope things go well for you, keep us posted

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