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Patricia's personal story

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I was diagnosed by my family doctor who insisted I get checked by a dermatologist.

I had stage III melanoma plus basal cell. Since then, I have had reoccurrence four more times. My daughter was also diagnosed with melanoma when she was 25.

I currently see a doctor every six months. The irony is, I never purposely sunbathed when I was younger. I hated being in the sun. I would turn red, itch tremendously and still never get any tanner!

So people should learn that you do not have to be a sun worshiper to get melanoma, and you have a greater chance of getting melanoma if you have a family history.