Fast-forward five years to my job interview for Health Union where I learned I’d be hired to help launch SkinCancer.net. I was ecstatic and then proceeded to think about the importance of skin checks again. This prompted me to nag the former boyfriend/now husband that it had been 6 years since I asked him to go for his first dermatology visit ever. He finally conceded and ended up needing a pre-cancerous spot on his collar bone excised. Much to my surprise, it looked pretty harmless compared to the areas I had been concerned about for years (one of which turned out to be seborrheic keratosis).
I also had my dermatologist do a skin check for me but was less than satisfied with the thoroughness or lack thereof. I wanted the bottoms of my feet checked (I have 3 moles on my left foot), in between my fingers, my scalp, and more checked. I decided to go again when a colleague recommended her dermatologist and she was much more thorough. It never hurts to get a second opinion. This dermatologist wanted to remove a mole on the side of my stomach (or love handle, if you wish) that was asymmetrical and had a dark spot.
My biopsy for this mole occurred a month ago and I haven’t heard back with results. I’m assuming no news is good news. I’m not concerned but am wondering if it’s normal to not hear back when results are normal.