|The Funky Mole|
I went to my GP today for my annual physical. I'm always a little anxious before the exams because I have very high inherited triglycerides and cholesterol, and while I take my meds religiously, I don't follow the diets as I should. However, this year, in addition to my normal anxiety, I was concerned about a few other ailments.
I'm happy to report that nothing major was found. Those other ailments are mostly a result of me getting ever so close to age 50 and they have quick and easy fixes. At the end of the exam, he mentioned one thing. "I'd like to see you back in a week or so...you have a funky looking mole we should probably remove and have analyzed."
This GP cut out a "funky mole" from my back a couple years ago that turned out to be nothing...so my first thought was that this one might be nothing as well. Afterall, I've had 2 full body screens by dermatologists in the last 8 months...wouldn't they have noticed this mole as well?
The photo attached to this posting is "the" mole. I have many...always have. This one happens to be on the right side of my torso, about the third rib from the bottom. As I look at this photo (which by the way, I'm VERY impressed at how good a photo my busted up camera took), I see asymetry, a relatively smooth border, a typical brown color, a size smaller than a pencil eraser, and no changes as this has been on my body for a while. By the ol' ABCDE methodology, this mole should be fine. Then again, I have over 50 moles on my body, I'm faired skinned, I have blonde hair and blue eyes, I've had several sunburns in my youth, and I used to use tanning beds in my mid-20's. So, I should take this seriously.
I'll either get it cut out and analyzed, or go back to my dermatologist for a second look before I have a chunk cut out. Either way, it won't be ignored. And you can bet you'll be kept updated.