Monday, August 20, 2012

Get your annual skin screening!

I've had moles all over my body my entire life.  Or as my parent's told me they were called, "beauty marks."  I have a huge mole on my left calf that a close friend in high school named after herself.  (I still think of Allison every time a shave my legs).  And have come to terms with my high mole concentration back, and even showed it off in my wedding dress.

I'm a beauty marked girl who loves the sun, especially the beach, which is why I try and get yearly skin screenings by my dermatologist.  And you should too!  This year, a mole on my thigh looked suspicious to my dermatologist.  I was surprised to learn that those big, ugly, lumpy moles are usually not the problem when it comes to Melanoma.  But the smaller, flat moles are often the culprits! This was a small mole, flat on my skin that got suspiciously darker in color.  She decided to take a biopsy right there just in case.

A week later, I found out that while my mole was not cancerous, it did contain abnormal cells that could turn into cancer ten years down the road or so.  So today, I had the mole fully removed as a preventative measure.

The reason I feel so strongly about getting my story out there is this: this was the kind of mole that "non-moley" people often have.  It wasn't big, it wasn't lumpy.  It could have passed for a large freckle.  And yet, it was growing abnormal cells on my body!  That's why EVERYONE should go get annual skin screenings, not just us lucky beauty marked ones.

So that's my PSA for today.  Go get a skin screening, and take care of your biggest organ!  You'll be glad you did.

PS- Did you know?
Via Mollie's Fund

And have you ever had a skin screening? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


  1. I do, all the time -- I've had pre-cancerous moles removed x 5 (and have the scars to prove it), so I'm all about your PSA!


    Your pal, Beauty Marked Bitts

  2. This summer I started thinking that I need to get screened. I am a very freckley person and I am concerned that one of those little guys may be bad news. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement. I will schedule an appt.

  3. I inherited my moley skin from my dad, who has had skin cancer. I'll admit to rarely going to the doctor, and never having a skin screening before. I know I need too, so at my next annual appointment I'll bring up the subject, even though I want to avoid it.

  4. My doctor once described me as 'very moley for my age' and last year i had two nasty looking ones removed from my back, just in case (the word crusty was used - gross!) They turned out to be fine, and whilst the procedure was horrific (im kind of a medical lightweight so I almost passed out!) it's much better than worrying about them.

    And it's nice to see that you don't try and hide your skin. We should all be confident in whatever skin we have, cos it's not like we can switch it for something else!

    x Lisa

    1. So true! Thanks for the comment Lisa, sorry you almost passed out! As long as I don't look at what they're doing to me, I'm fine. Otherwise, on the floor.

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