A 21-year-old woman in the U.K. is crediting her selfie habit with saving her life.
Cloe Jordan told CATERS News that she first started paying closer attention to a mole on her stomach after she developed a bikini selfie habit. Jordan says that she felt her mole was “getting in the way” when she took pictures.
The mole, which she’d had all her life, was prominent, growing, and changing color, so she eventually decided to see a doctor about having it removed.
However, her doctor flagged the mole as potentially cancerous and, after tests, discovered that it was melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. And, Jordan was told, her skin cancer might have spread.
“I had no idea my mole has turned cancerous. I’d had it all my life,” Jordan told CATERS News. “I loved going on holiday and being tanned, and although I didn’t regularly go on sun beds, I did go through a period of going on once or twice per month.”
Jordan said she felt “numb” after hearing her diagnosis: “I never imagined to get something so serious while being young, but I’m so thankful it was getting in the way of my bikini selfies now, as it has definitely saved my life.” Jordan had her mole removed and is waiting on having additional treatment. She’s been left with a sizable scar on her abdomen, because surgeons said the mole was deep into her skin, making the area that needed to be removed fairly large.
“I knew that if by sharing my experiences and it stopped one person going on sun beds it would be worthwhile,” she said. “I will never lay in the sun again and would much rather stick to a bottle of fake tan or have a spray tan than damage my skin.”
Rates of melanoma have been rising steadily in the U.S. for the past 30 years. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 87,110 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year, and nearly 10,000 people will die of the disease in 2017.Though this type of cancer is not common in Kenya,other types of cancer are devastating lives.
The sun or tanning bed exposure is often to blame.
A US certified told Yahoo: “Take a look at yourself monthly in your birthday suit,” he says, adding that it’s not a bad idea to recruit a loved one to look at hard-to-see areas like your back. And don’t just look at your arms, trunk, and legs and call it a day. It’s also important to look at your genital area and between your fingers and toes, he says. You can follow the progress of your moles with selfies, like Jordan, or you can mentally keep track.
You’re looking for new or changing moles, as well as any that just look or feel different or start to bleed, Zeichner says. It’s also a good idea to know the ABCDE rules for skin cancer detection, he says:
A stands for asymmetry, or one side of the mole looks different than the other side,
B stands for border (harmless spots typically have a smooth border, while concerning ones may have a jagged edge), C stands for color (harmless moles typically are brown or light brown, while harmful ones can be different colors, including black, gray, blue, or white),
D stands for diameter (any spot larger than the size of a pencil tip eraser should be evaluated), and
E stands for evolution, i.e., whether a spot changes over time.
The above article is from Yahoo.com
Cancer statistics in Kenya.
- Cancer is the 3rd highest cause of morbidity in Kenya [7% of deaths per year], after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases
- Difficult to get accurate national data because most data is coming from Nairobi and other urbanized settings.
- Estimate 39,000 new cases of Cancer each year in Kenya with more than 27,000 deaths per year
- 60% of Kenyans affected by Cancer are younger than 70 years old
- Leading Cancers:
- Women: Breast (34 per 100,000), Cervical (25 per 100,000)
- Men: Prostate (17 per 100,000), Esophageal (9 per 100,000)
- 70-80% of cancer cases are diagnosed in late stages
- Due to: Lack of awareness; Inadequate diagnostic facilities; Lack of treatment facilities; High cost of treatment; High poverty Index
- Number of radiation centers in the country: 4 (all in Nairobi – KNH, MP Shah, Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan)
- Number of treatment facilities: 4 (2 main, 2 limited)
- Human Capacity for cancer treatment in Kenya (public sector):
- 4 radiation oncologists
- 6 medical oncologists
- 4 pediatric oncologists
- 5 radiation therapy technologists
- 3 oncology nurses
- 2 medical physicists