Back in the 1980s, Eileen Corey was the Health Correspondent for WKYC in Cleveland, OH. She was well-known for her fiery red locks and also was a figure of the community, beloved for her informative reports on health matters. Years later, she is still rocking her gorgeous red hair, going to the salon monthly to keep her hair healthy and her color vibrant.
For 15 years straight, Eileen has gone to stylist Kari Phillips at least once a month and now the two ladies are very good friends and know each other pretty well. So, when Kari noticed something strange at her last appointment, she couldn’t help but speak up.
Just on top of Eileen’s head toward the back of her scalp, there was a large mole that Kari didn’t notice the last time she was there.
“Because we take such little partings on our touch-ups and highlights, we can see pretty much the whole entire scalp,” Kari told Eileen’s old news station, WKYC.
The stylist remembers she told Eileen, “It doesn’t look right, I don’t remember seeing it, and I need you to go to your dermatologist. Please take my advice.”
Eileen went to dermatologist Pam Davis who immediately did a biopsy. Turns out that the mole was cancerous and Eileen had early-stage melanoma.
“She had not seen it a month ago, so that’s how fast this appears,” Eileen told WKYC. “I would not have found this. I wouldn’t have felt it because it wasn’t raised.”
Thanks to Kari who noticed the mole immediately, Eileen doesn’t have to undergo any chemotherapy. The melanoma was at the skin level only and was easily removed since it was caught early enough.
She called Kari and thanked her for the extra time she gave her. Now, she covers up her hair with a hat every time she’s outside which is a wise precaution we should all take notes from.
Dr. Davis says that the best time to check for suspicious spots is right after you come out of shower since it is easier to see in wet hair.
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