A young wife from Utah sent her husband to the doctor with circled moles and was pleasantly surprised with the doctor took it in stride.
Brinlee Miles, a 20-year-old from Utah, had an interesting interaction with her husband Ryan Miles' dermatologist. Ryan had a family history of skin cancer and was developing moles on his back and chest and so Brinlee wanted to make sure the doctor was fully aware of them. She used a pen to circle the moles that didn't look normal on his skin, ensuring that no mark or mole went unnoticed. She expected the dermatologist to scrutinize each of them.
To her surprise, the doctor's response was also unpredictable—she went out of her way to address Brinlee's concerns by writing a note beside each mole to indicate whether or not they needed attention.
Miles went viral on TikTok with a video of her pen-marked husband receiving over 11.5 million views. "This is how I sent my husband to the dermatologist," she explained. Then, she showed her husband walking back from the dermatologist's office, proudly holding a piece of paper, before taking his shirt off to show the notes his doctor had left by each highlighted mole. The dermatologist had also put down some notes about post-biopsy skin care on the piece of paper, reports CafeMom.
"And this is how she sent him back," Brinlee's post went on. The text described how the doctor marked four "good" moles and two that were taken for testing and biopsy out of the six marked moles. Brinlee actually hadn't circled a few moles but the doctor had them biopsied.
Many other medical professionals commented on the viral video. "I've been in derm for 15+ years & I've seen this many times! (it's never the wife with circles, though, lol)," commented Angela. "As a Derm nurse, we Love when this happens!! Good job looking out," wrote Janae Walker.
"I work in dermatology and this happens at least twice a week - husband comes in with circles saying his wife is the only reason he’s there," commented Jozzzz. Another TikTok user named Sam wrote: "As someone covered in moles everywhere, this is legit a good idea if I've got a weird one on my back I likely won't know lol."
TikTok user Shianne Jennings explained why this is actually a recommended practice. "As someone who works for a dermatologist, we always recommend this! We have so many male patients that say [I don't know] my wife saw something back there," they commented. One comment, however, stood above all the rest as it called attention to the real message that should be taken from this post. "As a person who lost my husband to melanoma, THANK YOU for getting skin checks!!!" the comment reads.
Miles told BuzzFeed, "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." The test results showed that "the [mole] on his chest contained cancer cells in the early stages and needs to be removed soon," she revealed. "The one they took from his back looks good, but they still wanted to keep an eye on it to make sure nothing changes."