When in Doubt, Cut it Out
July 15, 2013
When in Doubt, Cut it Out
Allow me to preface this post with a small disclaimer – I AM NOT A DOCTOR. The following is just MG’s POV, so is in no way meant to dispense medical advice – it is just my opinion on a particular topic. Enough said.
As many of you know, I usually steer clear of medical topics and discussions. Mainly because that is not what MG’s message is about, but more importantly, because I am in no way qualified to offer any kind of medical advice, and most people tend to frown on that if you aren’t wearing a badge that says MD.
But after two recent encounters with people who clearly have questionable moles, I began to think and wonder to myself, “Why on earth would you leave those on your body?” I realize that biopsies and mole removals aren’t the most pleasant experiences, and that they leave scars. I still think, however, that that is a small price to pay versus the alternative option.
Based on my experiences with dermatologists, there seem to be two schools of thought. One – hmmm…well, it might be something but probably not…let’s just watch it and leave it on there…come back in six months and we’ll check it again. Or – oops – that looks kind of funky – I don’t think we should wait – let’s remove it now. I am not saying one is right and one is wrong – it mostly depends on the mole itself of course. Although some docs seem to err on the side of caution, while others wield the scalpel with ease.
I am not trying to be blithe here about a serious topic, but I have to say that I feel strongly about removing a mole in question. My choice is always to excise it. I do realize that after the past three years of dealing with various surgeries and endless tests, I have become much more tolerant of needle sticks than the average Jane (this coming from a girl who used to have to be held down in the doctor’s office when I was a kid to get a shot). This is not to say that they don’t hurt a little, but they don’t bother me as much as they used to. Plus, I have so many scars now that I am not really concerned about adding another. Plus, I have a new mentality about things on my body that may cause cancer – if there is any chance that my uterus, my breasts, or any one of my many moles could potentially end my life, please remove them, and quickly. Although I am not sure how I would feel if it were an arm or a leg or a major organ. I have definitely been lucky in that regard and know that would be a much harder decision to make.
So, if my derm had not removed that mole in question three years ago, would I be here now? No one knows for sure. I do know that I have met and talked with many people through MG who have for sure saved their lives and/or avoided serious risk, so to me it is a no-brainer. A small amount of pain and a scar for peace of mind? This MG says yes.
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