Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday : I didn't see this coming

Be ‪#‎sunsmart‬ this is what wide excision of a small ‪#‎melanoma‬ in situ - early detection - on upper cheek looks like.

In situ melanoma is the very earliest stage of melanoma. There are cancer cells in the top layer of skin (the epidermis) but they are all contained in the area in which they started to develop. So they have not started to spread or grow into deeper layers of the skin. In other words, it has not become invasive. 

Thank God my Sydney Breast Cancer / Sarcoma surgeon (also Melanoma specialist) at a follow up appointment in June was very observant, had a closer look and advised removal ... I didn't waste any time seeing a local surgeon. The suspect lesion was removed 8wks ago, yesterday I had more surgery to get clear margins.  

I am okay and it's not too painful.

#‎slipslopslapseekslide‬  ‪#‎skincancer‬  ‪#‎melanomaawareness‬ ‪#‎melanomaprevention‬  

I could not be word less today - It's so important to protect your skin from the sun. If anyone is looking for tips on being SunSmart, please visit Cancer Council for more information.