A Summer Skin Protection PSA Follow Up

Last month, I posted about the importance of summer skin protection.  While, yes, summer skin protection can help avoid things like wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, I had little to no interest in the vanity aspects of keeping one’s skin safe.  I was focused on the potential lethality of excessive sun exposure in the form of skin cancer.

The cause of this focus was my own suspicious moles.  Those moles were suspicious enough that my doctor declined to do the biopsy himself (as he’d done previously).  Instead, he elected to refer me to a dermatologist.

I finally had my appointment with the specialist.  I got the verdict.

My moles are…

Perfectly perfect.

Yes, there are a lot of them.  He inspected the vast majority of them (or at least, the ones that he could see without getting a breathtaking view of body parts I’d prefer only the husband see).  He oohed and aahed over them while discussing the varieties of them with the medical student who was shadowing him.

Even the mole that my family doctor had worried about for years and I kept dismissing due to location was perfect.  The mole that my family doctor saw as an uneven border was actually one perfect, tiny mole with a lighter brown “halo” around it.  That one made me happy because I’d declined to have anything done with it since it’s right on my chest and I didn’t want to have a scar right there.  It was a highly visible spot considering I live in tank tops and such.

I left feeling infinitely relieved.  I wasn’t going to have to have multiple biopsies, radiation, or any other types of treatment for skin cancer.  It wasn’t anything to worry about.  Considering my twenty plus years in Florida without sun block ever, my skin was in marvelous condition.

The husband, however, left feeling slightly creeped out.  He told me that the doctor “appreciated you on levels I never have.”  But, hey, it was professional, good, and I’m healthy.

That doesn’t, of course, negate the importance of summer skin protection.  I lucked out.  Keep your kids doused in sun screen when they play outside.  It’s in everyone’s best interests to keep them healthy and safe… including their skin.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Meg Michelle Greenan Liani says:

    So glad to hear everything checked out okay! I too have a vast majority of moles…on all kinds of body parts, haha. Sunblock is definitely a must, though!! After my last horrific sunburn, hopefully I have learned my lesson…

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