Hi, I am recently diagnosed with Stage One melanoma on my upper back.
Depth of. 7mm and told I am 1a. I have posted before about my strong anxiety and had some lovely replies.
My doctor said the statistics are about 97% over five years of surviving this and others have replied to say similar. I was trying to hold on to that hope to help me try and get through this as I am really struggling. I wish I hadn't but I entered my pathology details in a melanoma prognosis calculator and it says I only have a 90% chance of survival over ten years. This may still seem good statistics but
this info has has totally terrified me, I don't want to take anything away from the warriors on here who are struggling with worse odds, but I feel like I won't survive this. How accurate are these calculators? One calculator also said I had about a 7% chance of a positive node during a SNB but my doctor only did the WLE as said I didn't need it. I'm scared I'm really at Stage 3, this has taken over my life and I'm not functioning very well with normal life.
How do people cope with this always over our heads. I feel like I'm waiting for the next shoe to drop.
Sorry for the long post, if anyone can help me please.