Today I went in to the doctor’s office to have an odd skin growth on my leg looked at. I have had it for a while and probably should have done this earlier, but I did not. It is dark and reasonably sized (5mm now), but has not bugged me at all, and is pretty even/symmetrical, and until this last month more or less unchanging. This last month is expanded a bit and was itchy, plus the Minky has been into pointing at it lately as if to remind me - go get this looked at. Since I am fair skinned I have always been cautious about sun exposure - I wear long pants/shirts even in the summer and am good about sunscreen and short of my grandfather who was given radiation treatments to the face for acne (and subsequently had recurrent but non-serious cancers on his skin in older age), no one in my family has a history of skin cancer. I am young, and otherwise entirely healthy and have had no symptoms or other weird things besides this.
The doctor examined it, and suggested that it is probably benign but definitely worth removing and analyzing. So I have a removal/biopsy scheduled for a week and a half from now to look at it further. I have always had a fear of needles, which has lessened somewhat, so I am a little anxious about the appointment, but mostly I am anxious because I let myself get sucked down the internet medical information hole. Start searching up skin growths/cancers and you can quickly wind up worrying that you have advanced melanoma. All of which is likely totally unwarranted. But I am just feeling kind of edgy/anxious today because of I am a little upset at myself for not dealing with it earlier, because of the reasonable moderate anxiety of the actual biopsy/removal, but more so just because of a generalized fear of that potential unknown.
So I am just trying to remind myself that there is nothing else to be done now, and that all of my worries are probably unfounded. I certainly hope so. In the meantime I just need to settle myself down and stop looking at anything related to this on the web.
Oh, and a public service announcement to everyone else - check your skin and go in if you see something.