He explained that it is a malignant melanoma but it is contained in one spot and is not spreading but it has to be removed. He also explained that now I have to be so careful about check-ups because I have the propensity to develop more. He also said my ancestry and the fair hair and blue eyes I inherited don't help much.
I think about how much time I have spent in the sun as a teenager (living in the Caribbean!) applying sun tanning oil NOT sunscreen and how much damage that did! So folks - apply your sunscreen to yourself and your children! And I'm going to invest in a big, ugly, floppy hat!