A few months ago, I had a regularly scheduled physical with my primary care physician. I asked him about a mole that had developed on the right side of my lower abdomen that was not very attractive. He looked at it and told me not to worry. A couple of months later, I was watching a morning show on television, where a dermatologist was describing the signs of skin cancer, and showed some slides of unhealthy birthmarks and moles.
Well, my mole seemed to fit into several at-risk categories: It was larger than a pencil eraser, had changed texture, and was irregularly shaped. Suddenly worried, I scheduled another appointment. This time, my doctor examined the mole again, and gave me a referral to a dermatologist to order a biopsy. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard the word “biopsy,” a scary word popped into my head immediately: Cancer.