Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A melanoma quiz: which of these moles is suspicious and which is not?

My doctor will remove one of these moles in a few weeks because it concerns her as possibly being pre-cancerous.  The other one doesn't bother her in the least.  IMG_1394

Can you identify the worrisome mole?  If you can't (and I sure couldn't!), you should make an appointment with your own dermatologist for a full-body mole check -- especially if you're a redhead like me, or fair-skinned. 

This chart should NOT take the place of a personal check-up, but it might help you in identifying suspicious moles: melanomaASo really, will you do it, please?  If you need a specific personal prod, do it for my brother-in-law who was diagnosed with melanoma last March and has been enduring a year of debilitating Interferon treatments (it's like having the flu for a year) in an effort to improve his chance of survival by 10%.

Oh, and the mole Dr. Voss will be removing is the one on the lower left.  How did you do?  Did you guess correctly?  One of the other moles she'll remove is on my left ankle, not more than an inch away from one of my surgery scars!  How's that for sigh-inducing chutzpah?! 

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Blog Antagonist said...

SIGH. I have several very large moles that need looking at, but I keep putting it off. I tell myself that because I've never been a sun worshipper, I don't have to worry.
Thanks for the prod.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I guessed your suspicious mole because it is asymmetrical. I think I should go look at my moles now. Thanks for the reminder!


Snooker said...

I absolutely agree... if you are fair-skinned and have multiple moles, consider a yearly trip to the doc for check up. Skin cancer is nasty and is not something you want to have to deal with.
My Dear Sweet No has had on average one suspicious mole removed per year. The nasty cancer runs through her family, so we are very careful.
And no, you don't have to be a sun-worshiper to have these problems.

Goofball said...

the lower left one? really? hmm I thought it was fairly symmetrical in shape and evenly colored?

Anonymous said...

I go twice a year because I'm pale and the ones I worry about are never the ones that concern the doctor.

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