Lee's story

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I first noticed a small growth on my forearm early in 2011. I didn't give it much thought at the time. The small growth had the appearance of no more than a small insect bite, but it continued to grow slowly over the next year and wouldn't go away. I finally decided to go to my family physician, and he attempted to freeze the spot, which had become the size of a small pea and had the appearance of a pearl. "The small growth had the appearance of no more than a small insect bite, but it continued to grow slowly over the next year and wouldn't go away."

After a week or so the top of the spot fell off, but it was now flat and noticeably hard in the area. Almost immediately it began to grow back, and I knew the treatment had failed. My family physician then sent me to a surgeon and he advised me it should be removed, but he didn't think it was anything to be very concerned about.

I was very surprised to see the spot after it was removed. It was probably 10 times larger than the small bump on the surface of the skin, and looked like a large jelly bean. After two weeks, I returned to get the stitches out and this was when I learned it was skin cancer. The doctor excised more tissue around the original cut and I once again was stitched up.

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