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Melanoma Know More strives to reduce the impact of melanoma through awareness, education, support of medical research, and assistance to persons affected by melanoma.

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Meet Kayla

Meet Jessica

9 years ago my daughter was born with a congenital melanocytic nevus on her scalp. Her pediatrician assured me there was nothing wrong with her that it was just a birthmark and that it won’t have hair grow in that spot. For the longest time she was bald on that spot and many people asked what it was. I told them the same thing the doctors said to me ” it’s just a birthmark.” Fast forward a couple years, and I took her back to the pediatrician because she had hair growing on that spot. Now what!? Her doctor said it was nothing to worry about other than the fact that the hair on the spot would be a different color from the rest of her hair, but that never happened. Her hair is the same color all the way around, so I just thought maybe the doctor was right about there being nothing to worry about.

In January of 2015, a HUGE bump formed on her nevus. Soon after, she had surgery and had the bump removed on February 20th. I thought it was over and thought we had nothing to worry about. Her plastic surgeon called on February 23rd and informed me that the bump was melanoma. Since then, she has had another surgery to remove around where the bump was.

Soon she will began the reconstructive surgery to remove the remaining nevus and to stretch her skin with balloon implants to take the stretched skin and cover the spot where her nevus is. As of right now, she just has a bald spot due to the thin skin on her scalp.

Even though my daughter’s melanoma is not related to the sun or a tanning bed, she still has to practice sun-safety since she has had melanoma and she has a higher chance of it returning.