One day you’re giving someone a spray tan, and the next day you’re begging that someone to go see a dermatologist. That’s what happened to esthetician Stacy Waidley, whose watchful eye helped a client discover she had skin cancer.
Waidley, the owner of Glowbar tanning salon in Brea, California, posted a photo on Instagram showing something that appears on many of us: moles. But this particular mole, which she started seeing on her client/friend over three years ago, was a sign of melanoma.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and it kills an estimated 10,130 people in the U.S. each year.
In the post, Waidley says, “I noticed this spot on her arm, which started as a DARK PINPOINT SIZE SPOT, and have been watching it for a while now. I have urged her to go to the dermatologist for almost 2 years now.”
She continued: “In the last 6 months it has grown and changed so much that the last time she came to GLOWBAR I seriously begged her to drop everything and go see the derm.”
After finally seeing a dermatologist, the client texted Waidley to thank her for spotting the signs and confirmed it was melanoma.
In addition to sharing the photo, Waidley also includes valuable information about the ABCDEs of checking moles for warning signs of melanoma. Here’s a brief summary of signs of malignant (cancerous) moles:
A – Asymmetry – Mole is not symmetrical if cut in half.
B – Borders – Mole has uneven borders or edges.
C – Color – Mole is more than one shade of brown, tan or black.
D – Diameter – Mole is at least the length of a pencil eraser.
E – Evolving – Mole changes size, color or shape over time.
She also encourages readers to please check their skin, including their tongue, whites of the eyes, and under fingernails.
“Please, if you find anything new, show a doc!” she added.
This isn’t the first time a salon employee has helped someone recognize melanoma. This past September, a manicurist in the U.K. made a similar discovery on a client’s nail and posted the photo to Facebook.
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