Cancer brings a lot of symptoms with itself, and if you experience any of them, then that means it’s time to take action. It’s not uncommon for cancer to appear in the form of a giant mole on the body. And that’s exactly what happened to Cloe Jordan from Wolverhampton, UK.
The 21-year-old noticed that her bikini selfies were being ruined by a mole on her stomach. She decided to ask her doctor what it may be, desperate to get it removed. But after admitting that it started getting bigger, she was immediately sent to further tests, and she was diagnosed with melanoma. In other words, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
After potentially life-saving surgery, she was left with a big scar on her stomach. She is currently waiting for further treatment and has decided to share her story online to keep other people safe. She stated: ‘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.
‘It was last summer that I noticed my mole changing but I wasn’t concerned. It had gotten slightly bigger and darker in color but it wasn’t an alarming change.
‘I only went to the doctors at the start of January as I didn’t like the look of it, I had no idea it could have killed me.
‘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. That’s why I decided to go to the doctors and get it removed.
‘I felt numb, 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.’
The most common cause of melanomas is believed to be ultraviolet rays from the sun, but it’s also suggested that sunbed exposure can also cause this. Miss Jordan had life-saving surgery on March 24, 2017.
Cloe recently decided to talk about her experience online:
Miss Jordan said: ‘I decided to post a photo of my scar because it wasn’t until after my surgery that it really hit home what I’d been through.
‘I knew that if by sharing my experiences and it stopped one person going on sunbeds it would be worthwhile.
‘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.’
Miss Jordan added: ‘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.
‘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.
‘I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support since posting my story online and I’ve lots of girls messaging me with photos of moles that they’re concerned about.
‘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.’
Lisa Bickerstaffe, of the British Skin Foundation, said: ‘Cloe’s story is a reminder that it’s always worth telling your GP or dermatologist about changes to a mole or a patch of skin, however insignificant it might seem.
‘It’s also vital to look after your skin from a young age, using sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher both in the UK and abroad, as well as avoiding sunbeds.’
‘I had no idea my mole has turned cancerous, I’d had it all my life.
‘I loved going on holiday and being tanned, and although I didn’t regularly go on sunbeds, I did go through a period of going on once or twice per month.
So remember, in case you spot a mole similar to this on your body, consult your doctor for help immediately, as you could be infected with what is possibly the deadliest form of skin cancer currently known.