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ON CAMERA: See why Stoughton woman has full-body mapping exam ahead of Mother's Day

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Madison (WKOW) -- As we approach Mother's Day, one Stoughton mom let our 27 cameras roll during her first full-body mapping.

52-year old Kathy Schultz underwent the up close and personal screening on film to encourage all mother's to have the skin cancer screening done this Mother's Day.

A full body-mapping at UW Health involves a check of the head down to the toes. And while it's a bit nerve-wracking to have someone comb over your body, Schultz says it's necessary.

"Sometimes, we have to swallow our pride a little bit, " she said. "And get in and do the right thing, let the doctors check us over."

"Look at your back and the back of your ears," UW Health Dermatologist Nurse Practitioner Jennifer DuRocher said as she pulls Schultz's hair back for any tell-tale signs or suspicious clues.

"We're seeing a lot of these sun spots coming earlier and earlier," DuRocher said as the exam gets underway.

Like so many, Schultz has a few moles. DuRocher isn't as concerned about those on her patient's body as she is about another spot.  She says moles aren't all health providers are checking.

"When we look at the skin, only about 50% of melanomas appear in moles, about 50% pop up on their own, so we're looking at everything."

Schultz is worried about a few white bumps on her head and eyelids, but she's told those aren't cancerous and quite common. 

DuRocher has spotted a small pre-cancerous lesion on Schultz's back. It's one of two that's frozen off with liquid nitrogen.

DuRocher says only three percent of these develop into Squamous Cell Cancer. The hope is that the spot won't return.

"Your skin matters, it can also get sick, not just something inside," DuRocher said.

DuRocher adds that if a skin spot doesn't heal or continues to bleed for more than a month, you need to come in for a follow-up.

Shultz will need to return to UW Health West Clinic in another 6 weeks if the lesion comes back, but she says the procedure is a small price to pay for prevention.

"I am trying to set a good example for my family and friends. Skin cancer is devastating," Shultz said as she talks about close friends who died because of the disease.

"I don't want to go through that myself or watch any more of my friends of loved ones do the same."

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