Please stay tuned for a public service announcement:
OK ladies (and gentlemen) most of us have at least a few moles (or hundreds in my case), spent our youth getting burnt to a crisp back in the days of "who needs sunscreen?," and have people that love us dearly and would rather we not die of skin cancer.
I want to urge everyone to make a yearly appointment with a dermatologist to get your moles checked. Skin cancer is more common than many people think.
I had been going to a dermatologist for a few years but I didn't think he was doing a very thorough job keeping track of my moles. Plus, I have the kind of moles that just plain look scary- even if they are not. So I switched to a new doctor last month and she is much more proactive. She removed two moles on my first visit. I haven't heard the results yet. It was just last week. But, I'll be glad to know if these are scary looking for no reason or if there is a cancerous reason. I go back next month to get all moles of a certain size/kind measured and charted. That way we can see any growth or change from year to year.