Angi-, angi-, baby
Tuesday June 24th 2014, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Life

Last time I ignored it while it gradually got bigger and bigger–and then my daughter got diagnosed with melanoma at 29 and I finally listened to my husband and got my basal-cell cancer diagnosed and cut out.

I have a divot in the center of the top of my head and a bit less hair, not that anyone but me could tell, to remind me to take such things more seriously.

This time I didn’t wait. I made that appointment as soon as it was clear that that bright red spot was definitely bigger than when I was squinting to see if it really was a thing.  Front and center at the hairline on my scalp, let’s get that one cut out in the really early stages this time, okay?

The verdict today:

Angioma. A swollen little blood vessel that is just there, is all. They show up. It may go away. It may always be there now. Utterly harmless.

So much better to know than to wonder about it for months on end and then have to pay its price.

Someone out there needs this nudge like I did: please get checked.

That particularly aggressive melanoma? It was caught in the first two weeks during an appointment for something else. Surgery but no need for chemo at that early, and three years later she continues to be just fine and I am too.

Go in.

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Always check. Early detection is always the best thing. Glad yours was harmless this time!

Comment by Pam 06.25.14 @ 7:50 am

yup, getting check is a good thing — my husband is having the Mohs surgery tomorrow for a squamous cell carcinoma — our family doctor did the biopsy of the “odd spot” on his head and the rest of it will be taken care of then — early, before it can become a big problem

glad you got good news!!

Comment by Bev 06.25.14 @ 9:25 am

I gather your suggestion would be to take that recommendation for a mammogram off the fridge and go get it done. Dang. Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by RobinM 06.25.14 @ 3:11 pm

Congrats to both of you. Knowing is always better than the alternative. I shall schedule my own bloodwork and Gg’s semi-annual exam tomorrow.

Comment by Channon 06.25.14 @ 5:57 pm

Good news…good choice, too. Let there be no doubt.

Comment by Ruth 06.25.14 @ 7:51 pm

Melanoma is a fibrous cancer…. and from the medical typist: On the head!, (thinks – that is close to the brain), I don’t want to go any further.

Comment by StellaMM 06.25.14 @ 8:53 pm

Yes! I am so happy to say that my blond, blue-eyed husband is seeing the dermatologist in August for a body scan. He has lots of the angiomas, and I worry that something scarier is lurking in the crowd. So glad he will be checked by professional eyes.

Comment by twinsetellen 06.26.14 @ 5:54 pm

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