Seeing a mole on your body may be harmless, or it may mean you have skin cancer. In my case, it meant the latter.
Seeing that cancer diagnosis right in front of you may be somewhat alarming, but skin cancer can actually be treatable. In my situation, I noticed a mole, went to the doctor to get it checked out, and we were off to the races to get it fixed.
Before I go any farther, I want to point out that Cancer.org rates skin cancer as the most commonly occurring form of cancer in the world. It’s also highly treatable-especially if found early. So, if you think you have skin cancer, don’t freak out! Just go to the doctor and have him check you out.
For me, the skin cancer came on my neck. The doctor said this was common since that is an area that gets a lot of sunlight.
After going to my doctor and getting my official diagnosis, my doctor recommended we treat my condition with liquid nitrogen. I’d never even heard of this treatment, so I was intrigued.
With the liquid nitrogen treatment, the doctor applied nitrogen to my small mole and then literally froze the mole to death. How cool is that?
I was glad to have the liquid nitrogen treatment. Depending on how far along your cancer is, you may have to have chemo, radiation, or surgery to get your mole removed. The liquid nitrogen was definitely a quick, easier, and less-scary method.
Overall, I just want to say that skin cancer definitely isn’t the end of the world, and if can be easily prevented.
Here are my tips for preventing and dealing with skin cancer.
Protect yourself. If you wear sunscreen, this will keep the sun from directly reaching your skin, which will help protect you from skin cancer.
Wear hats and adequate clothing
Just like the sunscreen, wearing the right clothing will make a huge difference. Now, I’m not saying that you need to wear a winter coat in the middle of summer. That’s just silly. However, I am saying that you should wear a shirt and hat and stay out of the sunlight.
Don’t “go tanning”
Why on earth would you want to go tanning- either in a tanning salon or outside? Either way makes you more susceptible to the ultra-violent light that leads to skin cancer. I’m not saying you need to fear the sun and stay away from it at all costs, but just use common sense.
Don’t freak out!
Getting a skin cancer diagnosis isn’t the end of the world. In fact, depending on your specific condition, getting the cancer removed can be a very, very simple and fast procedure. Of the doctor tells you it will be OK, it will be OK!