Challenged by a stain on her face thanks to a photo published on the social network Facebook, a mother was able to be diagnosed in time. She had skin cancer.
Facebook saved his life by allowing him to diagnose a fatal disease, a touching story relayed by the Sun. Named Jennifer Pineirovigo, this mother first noticed a small spot under her eye on the right side of her face but decided to ignore it. Six months later, a Facebook memory popped up on her timeline, a photo of her in which the smudge in question was starkly clear. Aware of this anomaly and concerned about what it could represent, she therefore decided to make an appointment with a dermatologist to be reassured.
This is where the ax fell. The young woman had basal cell carcinoma. This is a type of skin cancer that most often develops on areas of skin exposed to the sun, such as the face. Faced with this diagnosis, she quickly had to undergo surgery which consisted of cutting thin layers of skin. Each layer was then carefully examined for signs of deadly cancer. This process, known as MOHS, continued until the removed layers of skin were free of any suspicious signs.
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A hole in his face
“I wasn’t put to sleep, the area was just numbed with a local anaesthetic,” she recalled, adding that the complex procedure left a hole in her face. Several plastic surgery operations were therefore necessary to repair this deformity.
“I am sad to have to deal with minor scarring on my face for the rest of my life now. But I will be forever grateful that I listened to my instincts and went to the dermatologist because if I hadn’t not done, I could have died”, she explained in particular. Safe and sound, Jennifer now urges others to wear sunscreen regularly and tries to raise awareness about skin cancer.
“I tended to never wear one when I was running errands or going out for a few hours in hot weather,” she said while claiming to have since changed her habits.
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