Main Article on Melanoma Question: Were you diagnosed with melanoma? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment Comment from: CO cowgirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02 I noticed a small, dark mole on the back of my right calf when drying off after a swim. I saw my dermatologist as soon as possible. He told me it was probably nothing, but I insisted it be removed because I had previously had squamous cell carcinoma. It was melanoma. I had a wide area excision and no other treatment other than 6 month follow-up appointments for 5 years. I was seen at a cancer teaching hospital because of a strong family history of cancer [pancreatic father (age 70) and brother (50); colon mother (76)]. Comment from: Spotty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 Over several years, and visits to a dermatologist, I was told I had lichen planus. Years later, several biopsies revealed I had T-cell melanoma. REFERENCE: Yao, Katharine, Glen Balch, and David J. Winchester. "Multidisciplinary Treatment of Primary Melanoma." Surg Clin N Am 89 (2009): 267-281.