Please remember the ABC’s of Melanoma Skin Cancer

I was thinking tonight…..WOW I know thinking that one is a biggy right now I know but in any case. I thought it was important to go over the basics with y’all again and show you the pic of the mole that started this big mess one more time.

Asymmetry
Unequal or asymmetric moles are suspicious.

Border
If the mole’s border is irregular, notched, scalloped, or indistinct, it is more likely to be cancerous (or precancerous) and is thus suspicious.

Color
Variation of color (e.g., more than one color or shade) within a mole is a suspicious finding. Different shades of browns, blues, reds, whites, and blacks are all concerning.

Diameter
Any mole that has a diameter larger than a pencil’s eraser in size (> 6 mm) should be considered suspicious.

Elevation
If a mole is elevated, or raised from of the skin, it should be considered suspicious.

I know that my Mom has told all of you the importance of getting your moles and skin checked but NO REALLY you need too.

Ok I sat down to write to all of you wonderful people who have been so kind and sent all of your thoughts, prayers, kisses and hugs to my family and found myself lecturing about this preventable stage of cancer.

I love you all and thank you all so much for you thoughts, prayers, kisses and hugs:)



8 Responses to “Please remember the ABC’s of Melanoma Skin Cancer”

  1. Sandra Walker says:

    Carol,
    I know you don’t know me, but I am a friend of your mom’s. I am also a Reiki Master and have been sending you healing energy since Sherrie told us about the cancer. There isn’t a day that I don’t think of you, even though we have never met. I am pulling for you and hope that you can beat all the odds and come through with flying colors. Healing hugs Sandy

  2. Melissa Clegg says:

    Hi Carole and family,
    Well I’ve cried with you and cheered you on and I’ve sent prayers. I have lots of bumps and dots on my skin and I’ve had a few taken off to be checked but so far, nothing has come back as cancerous. hang tuff, girl, you can do it, you have god and all of us earth angels helping you.
    Hugs
    Melissa

  3. HopeB says:

    Hi again Carole,

    I too want to send HUGE HUGS to You and to know again that you are Thought of Often and Prayed for. I can not begin to imagine what you are going through….it pains Me SO MUCH to think about it…You are SO Young and ..”Uhhhhhhhh”…. I get Very Very Angry at the Big guy up there when I here these kinds of things happen to young people. I don’t understand WHY…I just want to know WHY?!?!
    Prayers MUST HELP…”THEY JUST MUST”!!!!:^O
    I will try to get on this blog as much as I can…I didn’t even know about it until tonight when I read your mom’s email (I’m Grateful that she wrote it) Please try to update us as much as you can “Because We ALL Really Care SO MUCH”, that is when you are up to it.
    Sending Gentle Hugs and Prayers
    HopeB

  4. sandé cross says:

    carole, we are all still here, praying and loving you and your family every day! it is so wonderful to see you post, even if not often, and, sweetie, you go ahead and preach all you want!! who knows how many people you have helped already!!

    i’ve been in hospital having surgery of my own for the last week or so, but i never stopped thinking and praying for you, though i did get behind on the blog reading! happily, i can stay caught up now, and, please know: whether i am commenting or not, you, your husband, babies, your mom, all of you are never far from my active thoughts.

    i couldn’t begin to guess why God has chosen this horrible path for you; maybe it’s to save more lives through you, maybe he just wants a closer walk with you. He sent His own Son on such an inconceivably awful mission, knowing Jesus was strong enough for the task. He must also believe in you, and see that you are a strong, loving example for all of us. i admire you so much!!!!

    you keep fighting as hard as you can, and we’ll all keep praying as hard as we can!! love and so many warm hugs!!!! sandé

  5. Luanne in NY says:

    Hi Carole!

    First – LOVE your pictures! :) You have some truly beautiful eyes and smile.

    This is such a great thing to post!!! Very useful information indeed – and will keep an eye on my hubby’s mole on his hand from now on!!

    I’m a cancer survivor myself and was lucky that surgery was able to take care of and rid me of it.

    You hang in there and don’t give up – you can beat this!!! I have faith and will keep you in my prayers.

  6. Ali C says:

    Huge hugs to you, Carole. I’m one of the many who send strength to you, in prayer, every day. Words are difficult at a time like this and I thank you for posting. I’m often at a loss of what to say, but know that every single day, I’m cheering you on and sending positive thoughts.

    Thanks for the photo of where this was located. I am sure it will have saved someone from going through what you are now going through. I recently had a spot of cancer removed from my left cheek with a surgery and 14 stitches. I’ve been to 3 dermatologists and can tell you that not one of them ever looked through my hair. We really have to be our own health advocates.

    No doctor can know your body, or how you feel, as well as you; don’t ever feel foolish about bringing anything up to them. They may, after all, have something available to make it a little easier. It never hurts to bring anything up. At the least, you will have more information, and even more information is good.

    The sincere caring of so many of us follow you. When there are few words, just know that there is always much loving thought.

    With love and big hugs,
    Ali

    AliCattDreams

  7. Kathy says:

    Hi Carole, I had one of those when I was your age, it was in stage 2, the dr removed it and luckly he got it all. I am now 70 years young and check those things often.
    Your recovery will be as good as mine :)
    Huggers,
    Kathy D in MI

  8. Marie Read says:

    Carole thanks so much for this information. I just had my GYN yrly, MAM & my family Drs yrly checkups and I have had them check to see if they think anything is suspicious and everything seems to be Ok at this time. I have copied and pasted theses ABCs to keep.

    I am so sorry you are going threw this I really wish I was there to give you a big hug in person and to help out. Keep your chin up and look to the positive when ever you can and I know that is hard sometimes but it does help. Even though you haven’t met me you can chat any time your little heart want to just ask MOM for my email addy or tel #. My tthoughts are with you every day and I do read all the blogs even though I don’t always answer them. Take care

    BIG HUGGGGGGGs Marie m17511@aol.com

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