Symptoms of skin cancer can include a lump – nurse describes her symptoms

In December 2021, Rebecca Turner noticed that a patch of skin on her skin had lost its pigment.

Then, moments later, a small red lump appeared on the lighter patch of skin on her chest.

Justifiably concerned, the 44-year-old nurse made an appointment with her doctor, who took photos of the lesion and sent them to a dermatologist.

I was told that she would have to wait up to three weeks for her results; When she heard nothing, Rebecca called instead.

Rebecca found that the dermatologist would like to see more photos of her lesion.

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She was then registered for a personal appointment with the dermatologist at the clinic, which at this time was already six months after her first appointment with the family doctor about the skin changes.

After a biopsy, Rebecca said: “Eight weeks after my initial exam, I received a letter for an appointment.

“I assumed the labs hadn’t found anything. By that point, what they had taken had grown back.”

Back at the clinic, Rebecca shared, “I was alone at the appointment and overheard the consultant saying to the nurse, ‘Of course it grew back, it’s a malignant melanoma.'”

Rebecca was told her lesion was “not a common appearance” for malignant melanoma (ie skin cancer) and was stunned by the devastating stage 2c diagnosis.

Cancer Research UK explains: “Stage 2C means the melanoma is more than 4mm thick and under the microscope the outermost layer of skin covering the tumor looks broken (it’s ulcerated).”

Rebecca told WalesOnline: “Every day it’s there there is a risk of it spreading throughout the body.”

The nurse insists that if she had been seen “within the first three weeks” of the first doctor’s visit, “there is a high probability that my melanoma would have been stage one.”

In September 2022, Rebecca underwent surgery to remove the tumor and the lymph nodes surrounding it.

Rebecca revealed: “I’ve gotten used to the fact that I have to undress and they examine every part of my body for something. I do skin exams myself every day.

“I’m very fortunate and glad I don’t have any signs of the disease, but that doesn’t mean it’s not present in my body. It’s just a matter of living with the possibility that it might come back.”

Signs of malignant melanoma that require an immediate visit to the GP, according to the NHS, could include:

  • You have a mole that has changed size, shape, or color
  • You have a mole that hurts or itches
  • You have a birthmark that is infected, bleeding, or crusted over
  • You have a new or unusual spot on your skin that hasn’t gone away even after a few weeks
  • You have a dark area under a nail that is not caused by an injury.

Source of the post: Daily express

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