GO! Smell the moles in the garden!

Posted on September 3rd, 2008 by Jim

Jim here with news that I am blessed with TEN TIMES more moles than the average person. The downside is I’m far more likely to contract skin cancer so I wanted to share with you what I learnt today after a check up that I’ve been putting off for a while. The upside? Erm, I’m working on that one something along the lines of flowers in the sun, perhaps.

The Doc checked every mole (it was along day) and reported that none of them where a major concern as he examined my body for moles that exhibited:

1) Asymmetry¬† – Two halves of the mole don’t look the same.

2) Border – The edges of the mole are irregular, blurred or jagged.

3) Colour – Uneven with more than one shade.

4) Diameter РWider than 6mm Рthe size of a pencil eraser. 

Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK (hardly a hot climate) are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer and a further 8,000 with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Finally, on my face is a red spot like blotch which has cropped up over the last 6 months. I’ve been assured that applying Fucidin cream twice a day will get rid of this minor blemish that could lead to infection if I don’t nip this little flower in the bud.

Do you have your skin checked? Do tell and be sure to apply UV cream in comments as your skin related comments are welcomed here.

I’ll pop this post into the health section at forums so feel free to drop in and shed some skin there from time to time and your health issues are welcomed there aswell – within reason, of course.

26 Responses to “GO! Smell the moles in the garden!”

  1. For some reason, I went to Forums first during this visit, so my answer is there. But, I do want to reiterate that this is a very loving thing that couple can do for one another. There are many places that it is hard for one to see on one’s own body. It can be fun, intimate…whatever you make of it and most of all proactive in taking care of you and your partner’s health. The person checking can also note changes and new skin things. Note, skin tags are normal as you age for those of you who are worried…if you are old enough. If you don’t know what one is, you don’t need to worry your younger brain.

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  2. Ange says:

    Sunscreen is a must on the face everyday of the year and that goes for any other exposed parts of the body depending on what time of year it is meaning if wearing short or long sleeves. Here in Australia, we especially have a huge hole in the ozone layer almost directly above which makes the rays of sunshine all that bit stronger so more reason to “slip, slop and slap” ~ slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat ~ just in case you were wondering!!

  3. I used to be a sun goddess when I was young and could wear a bikini with pride.
    If I could take back those hours of sun worship, I would.
    The damage can’t be undone.

    I check my moles often — and did you know that sun worship is the number one reason for oral cancer?! Not smoking, as some would think.
    Interesting, eh?

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    • Urban Pagan says:

      well my favourite hobby is lying on a sun-drenched beach on a sheet of tin foil covered in vegetable oil chain smoking and snacking on hot dogs

      cancer. schmancer.

    • Jim & Em says:

      didn’t realise that – just assumed smoking was #1 cause!

      • Actually, it still is according to http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org and other health sites, but sun exposure does have it’s place. This is from the site:

        “Historically at least 75% of those diagnosed are tobacco users. This percentage is now changing, and has yet to be definitively determined as new data related to viral causes are changing the demographics rapidly. When you combine tobacco with heavy use of alcohol, your risk is significantly increased, as the two act synergistically. Those who both smoke and drink, have a 15 times greater risk of developing oral cancer than others. More about tobacco and alcohol It does not appear that the viral causes act synergistically with tobacco or alcohol, and represent a completely unique disease process.

        Tobacco and alcohol are essentially chemical factors, but they can also be considered lifestyle factors, since we have some control over them. Besides these, there are physical factors such as exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This is a causative agent in cancers of the lip, as well as other skin cancers. Cancer of the lip is one oral cancer whose numbers have declined in the last few decades. This is likely due to the increased awareness of the damaging effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight, and the use of sunscreens for protection.”

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  4. Purple13 says:

    I’ve become more tolerant to sunshine the older i get. As a kid, i’d burn if i even ventured outside for 5 mins on a sunny day.

    I don’t lay in the sun, rather go about my normal chores – gardening etc.

    Hmmmm mole checking…..

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  5. Bo Snr says:

    Mrs Bo Snr and I go on holiday every year to Tenerife.
    She lies and bakes in the sun all day to get a tan
    I have enough sun walkind between bars

  6. Sarah says:

    I am not sure what causes mole but I hardly have any..is there anything to do with the sun? temperature? it is so hot here during the day but lately it has been raining most of the time..

  7. Lib says:

    I’ve got some moles but not sure when a freckle becomes a mole? Mmm.

    Anyway, I discovered rather a large freckle/mole on my scalp, had it checked out and apparently they can just appear.

    I do like the sun but gone are the days when I don’t slap on the lotion (guilty as a teenager) and I try and look after my skin as much as poss.

  8. [...] Back in September I wrote about more moles in the garden after a consultation in the U.K when I learnt I had 10 times the amount on my body as I was front of the mole queue at birth. [...]

  9. Jim & Em says:

    Oh and erm, thanks Elt.

  10. Jim & Em says:

    Hey don’t stop this research CC – that’s the whole point of the community – sharing and learning from each other with real situations….


    **More please**

  11. Urban Pagan says:

    very very impressive CC- keep it going. you have lots and lots of knowledge- to share it is never boring- to not spread it is a crime!!

  12. Jim & Em says:

    Maybe a good way to spread the info, the top secret info,

    Could be through….


    Mole. :-)


  13. Thanks UP!

    Jim LOL…you couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting for a comment such as that. You did not disappoint.

  14. Sarah says:

    CC you are my inspiration

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