Remember life without selfies? How did we even live without them? We love to snap a pic of ourselves to show off a new outfit. We pose to document a fun night out or perhaps to celebrate a special occasion. Our phones are filled with endless selfies, just admit it.
Cloe Jordan is a 21-year-old from Wolverhampton, England. Last summer she took some selfies to show off her bikini bod. When she snapped those pics, she had no idea that they would wind up saving her life.
After a series of selfies, she noticed something different about a mole on her stomach. She had that mole since birth and in the past, she never really paid much attention to it. It wasn’t until she studied the selfies that she noticed that the mole looked different than it usually did.
It seemed as though the mole had changed shape. Because it was making her feel self-conscious, she decided to visit a doctor. to inquire about getting it removed. She was surprised by how the physician reacted to the mole.
The mole had grown in size and the color of it had also changed. Cloe thought that this was all normal, but it turns out these changes were not only abnormal, but they were dangerous as well. These were all signs of melanoma.
When she underwent further tests, she was shocked to hear the news that it was a cancerous mole. They removed the melanoma, and Johnson is now left with a huge scar because the cancer spread below the surface of the skin. She is lucky that she went to the doctor when she did.
In an interview with Caters News, Jordan explained, "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. I never imagined [getting] 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."
She decided to share the photo of her scar and share her story to help raise awareness. There are many other people out there who may also have a mole that they are ignoring. Hopefully they will hear her story and get checked before it is too late for them.
"I knew that if by sharing my experiences, it stopped one person [from indoor tanning], 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," said the survivor, who admitted that she used to love to tan and used to use indoor tanning beds up to twice a month.
It is normal to have moles, so don’t freak out if you have some on your body. A normal mole should be an evenly colored brown, tan, or black spot on the skin. It can be flat or raised, round or oval and it should be less than the size of a pencil eraser. If it changes shape or color in any way, that is a sign that it could be melanoma and you need to have it checked.