A woman says bikini selfies saved her life after she tried to have an unsightly mole on her stomach removed because it was ruining her picture – and it turned out to be cancer .

Cloe Jordan, 21, was diagnosed with skin cancer three months ago after visiting her doctor to ask about getting her mole removed. The telesales worker, from Wolverhampton, was body conscious and was fed up of the mole standing out in her stunning bikini and underwear shots. She decided to speak to her doctor about the mole, which was in the middle of her stomach, to see if it could be removed.

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“I loved going on holiday and being tanned, and although I didn’t regularly go on sunbeds, I did go through a period of going on once or twice per month. “I haven’t been abroad more than once a year.

“I’d had the mole on my stomach since I was born and when it started to change shape last summer, I didn’t take much notice. “But I had hated it for some time and every time I wore a bikini or nice underwear and took a selfie, I felt it was getting in the way. “That’s why I decided to go to the doctors and get it removed. “But after being referred to see if I was eligible to have it taken off by the NHS , I was swarmed by around eight doctors who looked concerned after seeing it.

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It was then that a biopsy was taken and I was diagnosed with skin cancer.

“I felt numb, I never imagined to get something so serious while being young but I’m so thankful it was getting in the way of my bikini selfies now, as it has definitely saved my life.”

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Cloe, who has naturally pale skin, went online to post a different kind of selfie as she showed off the scar from the mole removal. She said: “It was last summer that I noticed my mole changing but I wasn’t concerned. “It had gotten slightly bigger and darker in colour but it wasn’t an alarming change. “I only went to the doctors at the start of January as I didn’t like the look of it, I had no idea it could have killed me.

“I’m so lucky I went when I did, as although it has spread, it has now been removed from my stomach. “The scar in the middle of my tummy is actually quite big as surgeons said the mole was deep into my skin as I’d had it for so many years.”

I have been in a lot of pain since my operation but I’ve had my family and boyfriend on hand to help every step of the way. “I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support since posting my story online and I’ve lots of girls messaging me with photos of moles that they’re concerned about.

“I would tell anyone who has any worries over skin changes to get themselves checked by a doctors, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”