21-year-old Cloe Jordan is crediting her selfie habit with saving her life.
She tells CATERS News that she first started paying more attention to a mole on her stomach after developing a penchant for two-piece pics. Soon, she began noticing that her mole was “getting in the way.”
Although she had it all her life, the mole itself was changing size and color, so she decided to go to a doctor and have it removed.
The doctor had more concerns than mere aesthetics. He flagged the mole as potentially cancerous. Tests revealed that it was melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
“I had no idea my mole has turned cancerous. I’d had it all my life,” Jordan told CATERS News. “I loved going on holiday and being tanned, and although I didn’t regularly go on sun beds, I did go through a period of going on once or twice per month.”
“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.”
Jordan had the mole removed, leaving her with a sizable scar because the mole went so deep into her skin.
“I knew that if by sharing my experiences and it stopped one person going on sun beds it would be worthwhile,” she said. “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.”