Much to my surprise, I recently was diagnosed with melanoma. Fortunately, I was suspicious of a skin spot, and showed it to a dermatologist. He shrugged and said, “probably not,” but cut it off for a biopsy. A week later he called and told me to see a surgeon ASAP. I now am scheduled for minor surgery and further biopsy. The prognosis is, “Don’t worry about it.”
Then a friend from high school shared this video with me, and told me that he’s been inspired by my post to see a dermatologist to check out his spots.
What you don’t know can kill you. Had I ignored the spot, I might have lived another decade before it killed me.
I knew a fellow who had a mole burned off, a couple of times, before someone bothered to biopsy it. By then, they gave him 6 months. But he was an athletic individual who wouldn’t quit, and lived five years. But those last couple of years were hardly living, in terms of quality of life.