First things first, I’ll get this out of the way: I do not, at this time, have skin cancer.
Now that that’s over, I will say that I am an extremely mole covered, extremely fair skinned person.
If I am out in the mid-day summer sun for five minutes, I will turn the color of a boiled lobster. My skin burns at the drop of a hat.
So I make it a point to go to the dermatologist for a check-up every year.
I went last week and had my many and various moles and birthmarks and freckles checked and was okayed by my doctor. I had her check the same three ones twice.
(“I swear this one is bigger.”
*Doctor peers at mole on my boob, peers back at tablet with my chart. Shakes her head*
“Nope, same size it was last year.”
Repeat times three)
However, I did elect to get two moles cosmetically removed. One was more or less on my left collar bone and didn’t bother me from an appearance perspective, but that fucker got caught on my seatbelt more times than I care to count and that shit fucking HURTS. And since I was doing that anyway, there was a mole under my left brow bone, very close to my eye, that literally NO ONE ELSE (okay, this is not true, my mother knew what I was talking about immediately and said “yes, your eye mole” in a tone that implied I can’t believe it took you this long to get that monstrosity removed) could see because it was covered by my glasses. But it’s existence pissed me off.
So here are some pics of my moles, pre-removal:
And this is what I looked like shortly after removal:
Honestly, I felt it when they scraped the collar bone one off. Local numbing and I do not mix. I think it’s one of the many curses of being a ginger. So I winced and the nurse caught it and was like “you felt that?” Yup, yup, I did.
So they were kinda crazy about the eye one. I got a lot of numbing shot into me. They kept asking me if I could “feel this” and then poking me with the needle. It took seven shots, which, honestly, means nothing because I don’t know how much they were depressing the plunger. But I ended up feeling that one not at all and my entire left eye area was completely numb for about half an hour.
You are supposed to keep the “biopsy site” clean and covered for about a week. Which is fine for the collar bone one. Well, mostly. I’m a freak and vaguely allergic to the adhesive on most bandages. So the area around the site is all red and puffy and looks ridiculous when I take the band aid off to clean it.
The eye one is a PAIN IN THE ASS. It is SO close to the corner of my eye. The band aid being on my eye lid drives me insane. So I kept it covered the first three days, then after that only at night.
They both itch a ridiculous amount. I know healing skin is supposed to itch, but I think I’m special because instead of pain, I get itchy. They started itching shortly after the numbness wore off. I’ve been surprisingly good about not itching them. But I really fucking want to.
Anyway, you should really get your skinned checked annually by a dermatologist so you catch skin cancer before it fucks you up.