Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Thought for the Day: Should you bring it up?

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The other day, I went to the park with some friends. After spending some time in the lake, the boys went to light the barbecue pit and the girls sat on the grass and gossiped. I was angled towards one girl's back, and as I chatted away, I couldn't help but notice a large marking on her back that looked like a combination of all of these warning signs for skin cancer. It's something that no one would notice if she wasn't wearing a bathing suit, and while I'm certainly no doctor or even somewhat of an expert on skin cancer, I felt compelled to tell her to get it checked out, even though it would probably end up being nothing. But then again, we were having fun and I don't know her that well -- I didn't want to become 'that girl' -- the one who ruins parties by telling people they hardly know that they might have cancer. Because that girl is always such a downer.

So I kept my mouth shut and am wondering now, a few days later, if I should have just said something. I suppose it's not too late. What do you think? Would you be offended or upset if someone told you that you have a suspicious mole on your back? Would you rather that person kept his or her mouth shut?

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