Summer is just about to hit and I had this mole on my shoulder that I had never noticed before, it was driving me crazy. I googled to see if anyone was offering free skin cancer screenings so that I could get it checked out and I found out that the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery are doing FREE skin cancer screenings!
Go to aad.org or asds.net to find a volunteer near you doing screenings!
There was a dermatologist in Fullerton doing free screenings so, I was lucky that I just had to go down the street. I called last week and made an appointment for last Wednesday. They took pictures of my larger/darker moles so that they could put them on file. That way if I think I notice them changing we have something to compare them with. I wanted to get the mole on my shoulder removed so, then I made another appointment for today to get my mole removed. Now I just have to wait one to two weeks for the results. Hopefully it comes back fine! I've had other moles removed and they've come back benign, I hope it will be the same with this one!
Go get your moles checked! A lot of the dermatologist are only doing these screenings through May so, go get checked out before summer starts! Moles can darken during the summer from sun exposure so it's always a good idea to get your skin checked before summer begins, and then again around October or November or whenever your skin lightens again. That way you can see if the moles that got dark during the summer are staying dark.
Self exams are always a good idea, but if a professional is willing to give you their expert advice for free why not take it!?