Afternoon guys and hope you all had a good xmas, i was referred to a dermatologist after my gp saw a mole on my back that is slightly discoloured ( it doesnt itch, bleed or is crusty) . Just seen the dermatologist and they are going to cut out 2 moles on my lower back that are quite close together and im worried guys. Is says most melanomas are found on mens backs and ive 2. Im 38 and ive got a 3 year old boy with learning difficulties so im constantly worrying about him and my mum died of cervical cancer at 30 so ive always worried something similar may happen to me. The dr checked my lymph nodes and they were fine which is hopefully a good sign. Anyone else been through a similar situation with any advice
Hi Rome07 and welcome to our group
I don't have any experience with skin cancer, but I think everyone here understands the agony of waiting for test results. It's forever in the back of your mind, and sometimes you just freak out and panic.
If it helps, most urgent referrals to a specialist turn out not to be cancer at all. This really means that you don't know it's cancer until you have a definite diagnosis. It is quite possible that your moles have been caught in good time before they've turned nasty. If that turns out to be the case, then your eagle-eyed GP deserves a bottle of single malt!
The first thing we learn here is NEVER google your symptoms - you just end up frightening yourself.
Skin specialists spend many years learning about moles and looking at numrous examples on real patients, and even then they still have to perform lab tests to be certain. A few pictures on the web are no substitute for years of experience.
When it comes to medicine, it may walk like a duck, it may quack like a duck, it may ever have feathers and webbed feet like a duck, but it's only a duck when a patholigist has looked at a biopsy down a microscope and said that it really is a duck. Until then, it could still turn out to be a swan.
Not a medic, but know that melanoma is rare compared to other skin cancers. And other skin cancers are routinely cured by surgical removal. That's assuming it is even cancer at all. Your're going to be stressed until you get your results following surgery, can't do anything about that. But hold the thought that you will have to be very, very unlucky to require further treatment following surgical removal. Best wishes. Harry.