Cloe Jordan, a gorgeous 21-year-old woman, loves to take selfies, but after taking several photos that she viewed as “imperfect,” she sought the help of her doctor to create the image of perfection she so desired. However, nearly three months after her first visit, she’s been through quite the ordeal, leaving her now missing a small part of herself, and it’s all because of one frighteningly common thing she wants to warn others about.
The Wolverhampton, England woman had a mole on her stomach for as long as she can remember. However, it wasn’t until recently that the mole began to grow and gradually change color, leaving it quite unsightly, so she sought the help of her doctor. That’s when she was given the news that the mole was cancerous.
Both the change in size and color are warning signs for a cancerous mole. However, she missed the signs that her body was giving her. In fact, it wasn’t until Cloe took a few recent selfies and grew annoyed with her beauty mark that she sought the help of her doctor, hoping to simply remove it for cosmetic reasons.
Cloe’s cancerous mole (Image Source: Daily Mail)
“I’d had the mole on my stomach since I was born and when it started to change shape last summer, I didn’t take much notice,” Cloe admitted, according to Metro. “But I had hated it for some time and every time I wore a bikini or nice underwear and took a selfie, I felt it was getting in the way.”
Cloe’s doctor advised her to take the proper precautions and have the mole tested for cancer, and the biopsy revealed that she had melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sadly, doctors believe that the cancer has spread throughout her body, and she’s now awaiting further treatment. “I had no idea my mole has turned cancerous,” she explained. “I’d had it all my life.”
Doctors eventually removed the mole after biopsying it and revealing it was cancerous. (Image Source: Metro)
Although she admits that she felt numb when she was told the terrifying news, she was also thankful that she felt her mole was ruining her bikini selfies as her dislike essentially saved her life. “I’m so lucky I went when I did, as although it has spread, it has now been removed from my stomach,” she said. “The scar in the middle of my tummy is actually quite big as surgeons said the mole was deep into my skin as I’d had it for so many years.”
In an effort to help raise awareness and warn others about skin cancer, she has posted a picture online, showing her large scar. “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,” she admits.
Cloe Jordan (left), her scar where the mole that she had her entire life was removed (right)
Melanoma is usually caused by ultraviolet light from the sun, but some evidence claims that the deadly skin cancer may result from tanning bed exposure. Although she understands that her life is at risk, she remains optimistic. “Hopefully once all my treatment has finished later this year I will be cancer free and I’ll be able to continue with my life as normal,” she said, according to Daily Mail.
“I have been in a lot of pain since my operation but I’ve had my family and boyfriend on hand to help every step of the way.” She continued, “I would tell anyone who has any worries over skin changes to get themselves checked by a doctor, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Comparison of benign (harmless) and malignant (cancerous) moles
Cloe’s story is a reminder to us all that we should be aware of changes to our moles and skin. In order to tell if you should make a doctor’s visit, you should look out for changes in your mole’s size, shape, and color. Also, if it begins to bleed or becomes crusty, itchy, or painful, an appointment should be made. We are only given one life, and in order to live it to the fullest, we need to ensure we inform our doctors of things that seem insignificant to rule out any life-threatening possibilities.
In order to limit the chances that you or a loved one becomes a victim of skin cancer, it’s important that we take care of our skin, using sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds. Although it may be “cool” to be tan, I think we can all agree that being healthy and alive is better. We only get one chance to live our lives to the fullest, there’s no reason we should be risking many years of happiness for a darker shade of skin. We are all unique and beautiful the way God made us.