Health First Patient’s ‘Very Scary’ Diagnosis Shows Critical Need for Regular Dermatology Visits

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inconspicuous spot on patient's arm had brought her to the dermatologist

After Tracy’s surgery, she went straight to social media and posted a photo of the four- to five-inch scar on her upper arm. An inconspicuous spot on her arm had brought her to the dermatologist. It ended up saving her life. The pink mark that looked like a pencil eraser was something much more sinister – malignant melanoma.   

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – After Tracy’s surgery, she went straight to social media and posted a photo of the four- to five-inch scar on her upper arm.

The caption? “This is my PSA.”

An inconspicuous spot on her arm had brought her to the dermatologist. It ended up saving her life. The pink mark that looked like a pencil eraser was something much more sinister – malignant melanoma.   

“She had told me if I had waited one more month, I would’ve had a different outcome,” Tracy recalls of a discussion with her care provider.

Tracy says this is a prime example of how important sun safety and awareness is. 

That’s why it’s so important to see a doctor if there’s a questionable spot on your skin.

“It was very scary,” Tracy says. “The care was awesome in how fast everyone got to me, but it also made me realize it’s pretty serious.”

  Being fair-skinned and having her share of moles and freckles, Tracy says the mark didn’t initially concern her – proof that any spot that suddenly pops up should be looked at by a dermatologist. Now, she makes sure she’s shielded from the sun.

“I wear a broad spectrum daily sunscreen lotion every day,” she attests. “No matter if I’m in the sun or not. All over my body. That’s something I’ve never done before.”

Tracy hopes sharing her story will encourage others to be vigilant about their skin.   

“Don’t let your busy life get in the way of your health,” she urges.

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