I'm 45 years old. I'm a white guy. I smoked for over 20 years. I have a history of Cancer in my family through my Father and a few male members on my Mother's side. I've worked outside in the elements and spent a lot of my leisure time outdoors for most of my life.
When you add all those factors together, you find the result is having to "get stuff looked at" more and more frequently. I haven't been to the Doctor due to illness in quite a while, but I make the annual pilgrimage to get my fluids checked and let the Doc take a peek under the hood, so to speak.
That last part is not my favorite thing, especially if I'm not wined and dined a bit first, but its important. Prostate Cancer screening is vital, in my opinion. My Dad caught his very, very early and has not had a recurrence since. My "God Father" on the other hand, ignored potential problems with his prostate and we buried him a couple of years ago as a result.
It's not time for my annual visit, but I had to go in to the Doctor this morning anyway. My Mrs. noticed a "suspicious" looking mole on my back recently and I went in to have it looked at. I always sphincter over stuff like this. I worry that my long stint of smoking and sun exposure will catch up to me one day, regardless of the fact that I've been tobacco free for over 2 years now.
Anyway, the Good News is the GP that I saw today is pretty confident that there's nothing to worry about.
However, the Bad News is that he has enough doubts that he thought it would be a good idea for me to see a dermatologist and have it surgically removed and analyzed. Hopefully I'll be able to get in to the specialist's office here before too long and get it over with. Waiting patiently isn't one of my strong points.
I guess we'll see if my luck holds out :)