I never really paid attention to early skin cancer warnings because for my entire life, I was one of those lucky ones that tanned easily. I can’t say that I never burned because occasionally I did and when I burned, it was big time. The first time I went to Bermuda, not knowing that 5 minutes in their sun is like an hour here in New England, I burned so badly, I had sun poisoning. Sick as a dog for two days of my vacation; definitely not looking hot in my bikini.
So, to make a long story short, I found out that all of my cousins have had some form of skin cancer removed over the last few years and as you can imagine I suddenly took notice of the comings and goings of those weird red marks, bumps, and dry patches making their appearance on my skin as I head into my late forties. It’s a damn good thing that I did. Early skin cancer symptoms are there. Don’t ignore them.
Today I went in for a skin cancer screening. Easy peasy! You get seen when you are scheduled, you strip down to your undies, they freeze the precancerous lesions or sores, and you are out of there within a half hour. It’s true! And the best part is that it is covered by most insurance companies aside from your co-pay that is. And if you don’t have insurance, you can usually get a free skin cancer screening in your area. There is no excuse to put off a skin cancer screening. None. Nada.
A few weeks ago, I noticed small bumps on my chest which turned to small red sores which turned to large red dry patches and then dwindled away to small red bumps again. The picture on the right is not of my chest however, this is what my sores looked like and of course this picture is magnified so don’t think they have to be large, they don’t. My husband said “not to worry, it is just sweat between your breasts” (I should be so lucky). Don’t listen to your husband…..husbands think we are all hypochondriacs because we complain so much.
I got my ass down to a dermatologist. The uncomfortable sores on my chest were indeed skin cancer symptoms and bing, bang, a little liquid nitrogen and they are gone. I am lucky, or smart, but bottom line is some of these odd bumps, left untreated, could have resulted in skin cancer.
Would these sores have developed into full blown cancer cells? Maybe, maybe not. I for one, will have a skin cancer screening every year, faithfully. After all, I have many more vacations to enjoy worth much more than the $15 co-pay I had to cough up. You can also learn about “best dermatologist in the world“, click here
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