A TikTok woman has gone viral for circling her husband’s moles on her husband’s back before he saw the dermatologist.
In a clip posted in November, Brinlee Miles shared a photo of her husband, Ryan Miles, in which she had (cleverly) circled the concerning moles on his chest and back.
“This is how I sent my husband to the dermatologist,” the text reads over the video.
Ryan then returns home and proceeds to take off his shirt to show that the doctor responded to each of the moles with her own notes.
Out of the six, two of them were labeled “took to test” by Ryan’s dermatologist, while the other four had the word “good” written next to them in marker.
“Big thank you to our dr,” Brinlee wrote in the caption of the viral video.
And in a follow-up video posted on 12 December, Brinlee and Ryan gave an update on the moles that were biopsied. According to the couple, overall it was “pretty good news,” but one of the moles was cancerous. However, it didn’t need to be removed right away.
“The one on my back shoulder isn’t cancerous, but we need to just keep checking on it every six months,” Ryan said. “And then the one on my chest does have cancerous cells, so I do need to get the one removed, but it’s nothing urgent. So, just in the future.”
When speaking to BuzzFeed about the clip, Brinlee shared the logic that led her to circle her husband’s moles ahead of his doctor’s appointment.
“We had been watching some spots on him previously, so I had just circled the ones we were worried about to see if the doctor was concerned about those spots as well…especially the ones on his back that he couldn’t see very well to point out,” she said.
According to WebMD, “the following ABCDEs are important signs of moles that could be skin cancer. Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half. Border: The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular. Color: The mole has different colors or it has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red. Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil. Evolving: The mole appears different from others and/or changing in size, color, shape.”
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