Since starting my blog, I have wanted to post about my skin. Not about my type of skin, but about being so fair skinned, and something that I went through. I had always been aware of my moles, but they were always something I saw, and didn’t pay much attention to. But that all changed.
And as it’s April and Spring, I thought now would be a good time to remind people of Skin Cancer.
A few years ago, I noticed that a mole, on my stomach, had changed colour, shape, and gotten bigger. Now to anyone reading this who knows about skin cancer, these are all signs!
I made an appointment to see my went doctor and they referred me to a dermatologist about a week later. I honestly thought that this was the process rather than the doctors actually thinking that mole was overly concerning. But when the dermatologist looked at all my moles, including the one that the appointment was for. The dermatologist said that they needed to remove the mole that I was concerned about there and then.
I have heard people on YouTube/Blogs/Social Media, talk about having moles removed and what they have had done is actually having the mole shaved off. This is when the top layer of the mole is shaved, it will scab over, and when the scab falls off, the mole will no longer be visable. What I had done is different. With my mole, they cut the mole, the skin around the mole, and the whole of the root, off of my body. The wound is then stitched together and the stitches are removed between 7-14 days later (depending on where on your body the mole has been removed from) ***Sorry if that is too graphic!
And in the meantime, that mole and the surrounding skin, is sent to be tested. Thankfully, my mole wasn’t skin cancer! I got the results back two weeks after the mole had been removed which is the length of time that they told me that it would be.
If you look at this photo, just under my belly button, to the left, there is a scar. That is where my mole was removed from. This was taken one month after I had my mole removed. The scar is barely visible at all now (two years later).
Going forward, for my own piece of mind, I photograph my moles. And then every few months, I compare them to make sure that they haven’t changed.
To anyone reading this who has noticed a mole has changed. Take a photo. Wait a week. Then take another photo. Be mindful of the conditions (did you use a camera flash/how dark was the lighting etc) so that it’s easier to recreate and compare the two photos. If it’s changed, go to your doctor’s. Even if it hasn’t, if you are concerned, go to your doctor’s. But comparing photos is what I did firstly. And it was useful to show the doctors how much it had changed.
Disclaimer: – I am not a medical professional. This is just me sharing my experience.
Reminder: – If you have moles that have changed, I am the perfect example of how it doesn’t mean anything. Our bodies change just because they want to. But it’s safer to get something checked sooner rather than later.