Check Your Spots

A few weeks ago a friend pointed out a spot on my shoulder that looked a little odd to her.  I just thought it is was a freckle.  If it weren’t for her I would have ignored it.

Do you have a spot like this?  When magnified they look worse.  See the color difference?

Do you have a spot like this? When magnified they look worse. See the color difference?

It turns out that I went and had it checked – it’s in the picture above. The doctor at my local GP practice wasn’t sure either but he suggested erring on the side of caution and we had it cut off and sent for testing.  The test results indicated that it was malignant and to take another 5 mm section out.  This was done this week and the test results are negative.

My advice for you is avoid long exposure to the sun, especially in Australia.  Cover up and use 50+ sun block when in the sun.  Use the molescan service or similar checkups to check your spots.  Have your friend or partner check for you.  Everyone can also take notice of any spots and alert friends and partner’s to anything that looks odd.

I’m not totally out the woods even though the result was negative.  There is another spot on my back to be removed and tested.  The picture of that one is below.

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Be be removed – notice the same sort of uneven discolouration as the first picture?

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