Visit to the Dermatologist

21 Jan

image

 

As you my remember, I was diagnosed with melanoma, my first melanoma was 12 years ago.  Now I visit the dermatologist twice a year and today day is the day!  Woohoo!

What are the signs and symptoms of skin cancer?

The first sign that something was wrong was J noticing a strange looking mole on my back.  Now I have a lot of moles.  But this one was different, its size and shape, plus its color was different than any other mole on my body.

J told me I needed to see a doctor, she being a nurse, I didn’t listen.  I put it off as guys do.  But it met the warning sign of skin cancer:

Unusual moles, sores, lumps blemish or changes in the way an area of skin looks or feels.

How do I check myself?

The ABCDE rule is a guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
Some melanomas do not fit the rules described above. It is important to tell your doctor about any changes or new spots on the skin, or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.

My Report

When I finally did see the dermatologist, I knew something was wrong when the doctor asked the nurse to get the camera and he asked me if he could take a picture of my mole.  Couple that with the nurse asking the doctor “how do you spell the name of that thing on his back…” Never a good sign.  That was 12 years ago.

After several surgeries, treatment and worries, I have been cancer free for 5 years, now.  This visit I had a full body scan where the doctor looks everywhere and I mean Everywhere!  I’m glad to report, the doctor didn’t find anything, so I’m good for another 6 months. Thank God!

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Sailboat Tara

A sailboat, a couple, and their little dog too.

jovina cooks

Healthy Mediterranean Cooking at Home

bourbonveachdotcom

Bourbon History

Microgalactic

Food, Travel and Photography Blog

The Road Less Run

Running, cats & coffee.

Blog – Alastair Humphreys

Follow an average 60 something as he trains for triathlons!

. running with spoons .

... because you can't eat with scissors

Exercise Eat Repeat

Follow an average 60 something as he trains for triathlons!

FueledByLOLZ

Running and Laughing through the Garden State

Peanut Butter Fingers

Living a Life Fueled by Healthy Food and Fitness

Carrots 'N' Cake

Follow an average 60 something as he trains for triathlons!

katiesfitscript

This site is the cat’s pajamas

The Keen Peach

A glimpse into the sweet life of a fitness enthusiast and clean eater

italy on my mind

"in food there are memories"

%d bloggers like this: