I have fairly light skin, light hair and blue eyes, so the result is that I am a skin cancer scare waiting to happen.
I am not much in the way of a sun-tanning bunny. It is not that I am all self-righteous about the sun, it is just that I could not be arsed to sit around in it until the end of time to catch a tan. But I also do not lather myself with sunscreen …
I am not very good with skin-routine, so if my face gets a wash with a Lux bar of soap, it can count itself lucky, and moisturizer and other globs of lotion are a bit of a pipe dream in my neck of the woods.
I mean to pop to my dermatologist once a year for a quick once over. I like someone else to stare at my small dark spots and make a judgement, but I just have not got there this year.
Or for the last three years.
I decided I would get my arse there before year-end, and tick it off my “not quite as exciting as a bucket list” but really needs to be attended to.
I had my dermatologist appointment today. I do not really have moles, I have freckles though. The one thing that had been bothering me was that I had this mark on my nose, and one on the side of my nose. It looks like I have cut the side/end of my nose, and that I have an indent from glasses on the side of my nose. And I don’t wear glasses.
It has been there for about two to three years. Recently I have noticed it and now that I know it is there, I have really started to get concerned that “what if it is…..”
It was the main motivation for me going today.
Found a really great dermatologist with rather swish looking offices. Clearly a caters towards a target audience that appreciates chandeliers and baroque inspired furniture.
He diligently went over my skin with a magnifying glass. It seems my skin is not bad considering I have been sunburnt to a crisp in my youth, and do not use any sunblock or moisturiser since. I got a bit worried when he was sitting with a magnifying glass going over my toes – I believe there is a rogue long hair on my toe that I have been meaning to attend to, but there I was with all of me exposed.
But it appears that the little “cut” on my nose is indeed cancer and it needs to be removed. Or pre-cancer. Or cancer that is not “a total emergency” but needs to be attended to. Shortly.
I made an appointment for the 26 January – first gap I could get. Dermatologists have a good gig it seems.
I am very thankful today that I have medical aid, and can get my arse to the odd medical checkup. Had I had to spend 10 hours waiting in a public hospital for a little look over, odds are I would not have gone, and even if I had, I would have not been checked over by a dermatologist, and it would have been overlooked.
I would like to thank Discovery Medical Aid for relieving us of a large sum of money every month, but at the same time, if it was not for medical aid, I might only have seen to my “little cut” when my nose turned black and fell off.
When are you going for your dermatology check up?