When Megan Fry noticed that the mole on her neck suddenly looked like a blister and turned black, she realized that she needed to see a dermatologist immediately. However, she had recently moved and had not seen a doctor.
“I’m a little overwhelmed,” Fry, 33, of Minneapolis, said today. “I knew I had a feeling of urgency in my gut – it required a little attention.”
The local practitioner suggested that she submit a photo through the app to determine if she needed an urgent appointment.
“Medicine is so advanced as technology that everyone has the opportunity to see a doctor early,” Fry said.
Family and personal history of skin cancer
When Fry was 10 years old, his father went for a skin biopsy and diagnosed that he had melanoma. Although the doctor removed the cancer, they returned to remove it because they could not get clean checks. Doctors learned that his melanoma was “relatively invasive” and shortly after his death.
“After seeing my father’s experience, it resonated with me about the importance of staying on top of it and protecting my health,” Fry explained. “Listening to his story has definitely been a big factor in putting my health first.”
Fry had a lot of moles and freckles, so he often consulted a dermatologist for prevention. Most of his initial biopsies were benign, but the results changed when he was in his mid-twenties.
“The results of my biopsy, unfortunately, started to come back more harmful,” he said. “In the last eight years, I’ve removed two basal cells and one flat cell.” When doctors told him that skin cancer was “special” at a young age, Fry doubted it had anything to do with it. with family history. She recently learned that her father’s grandmother also had skin cancer.
“I have a genetic affinity,” he said.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends that people think about ABCDE when it comes to moles and freckles on the skin:
THE: Asymmetrical, which means that the two sides of the mole are not the same
B: Boundaries are incorrect, raw, poorly defined
Ç: A color that looks different through moles, which can be brown, black, white, red, or blue
D: Diameter means millennials larger than a pencil eraser
THE AND: Emerging molds grow, change shape, or change color
If people notice any of these changes, they should consult a dermatologist.
When Fry noticed the mole on Friday, he agreed to share photos on the Miiskin app used by the Twin Cities Dermatology Center. The app can be used to help patients control how their skin looks over time, Dr. Margaret Pierre-Louis also uses it to submit patient photos and can give preference to office meetings.
“Megan was trying to take care and she was basically told to wait three to four months,” Pierre-Louis said TODAY. “We told him he would wait about a month. We told him that if you think you’re in a hurry, download Miiskin … and the doctor will evaluate it and see if we can get you in sooner.
After seeing the picture and understanding Fry’s personal and family history of skin cancer, Pierre-Louis Fry realized he needed to come right away.
“It was clear to me that it was a basal cell,” he said. “The purpose of health on TV is not to diagnose a patient and leave him alone. It’s really trying to see how we can get them … to take care of them as needed. That’s where it worked. ”
On Monday, Fry went to the office and Pierre-Louis cut the area because he felt it was basal cell cancer and wanted to treat Fry quickly.
“We removed the skin from his neck,” Pierre-Louis said.
One week after Fry first observed the mole, the pathology revealed that it was basal cell cancer.
“Basal cell carcinoma is again the most common cancer on earth, the most common skin cancer, accounting for at least 55% of skin cancers,” said Pierre-Louis. “She’s cancer-free now.”
Protect her skin as a “sun seeker”
Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Fry lived in Colorado and spent much of his time outdoors, gardening, kayaking, and enjoying nature. He says, “He who seeks the sun.” Fry still loves these activities, but he doesn’t forget to cover his skin and stay away from the sun.
“I wear a big day hat,” he said. He also checks to cover his arms, shoulders and back. “It didn’t really affect my daily routine. I’m still very interested in them, but I know what I’m covering. ”
She hopes that her story will inspire others to take protective measures, such as wearing sunscreen and covering the outside.
“(When I was a child) I was not so keen on sunscreen. I want everyone to understand that there are safe, economical types of sunscreens. Please get dressed, ”he said. “(I) want to motivate someone to go and see a professional.”