Bikini selfies are a favorite of young women everywhere. Girls love the way the way they look and they love to share those images on social media. While they’re fun, most people wouldn’t consider them very important.

One girl, however, owes her life to these bikini selfies. Had she not been snapping photos of herself on the beach and sharing them with her friends, she may have gotten seriously ill. In fact, she could have died.

Cloe Jordan is a 21-year-old from Great Britain who loved the way she looked in her bikini selfies. There was one spot on her body, however, that made her self-conscious, so she would try to hide it. 

Finally, she decided she wanted to just undergo surgery to have it removed. It was a mole that was right on her stomach that stood out like a sore thumb in all of her selfies. While it was pretty small, it was dark and clearly noticeable.

The doctor looked at the mole and had a few questions. Jordan revealed that the mole had grown in size and had changed colors. This set off some red flags for the doctor, who ordered further testing.

It’s a good thing he did because that mole was more than just an unsightly blemish — it was melanoma. Melanoma is actually the deadliest form of cancer in young people, and one of the deadliest overall. In Great Britain, it kills 2,000 people on average each year.

Jordan underwent surgery right away to remove it. This surgery left a scar, but she’s not upset about it. In fact, she’s sharing pictures of it online. She hopes that picture sends a message to other young people. Had she ignored this mole, it’s entirely possible that cancer could have spread to other vital organs and become much more serious.

She’s sharing her story because she wants young people to be aware that they aren’t immune from serious health problems. One of the leading causes of melanoma is exposure to UV rays from the sun. For those who love to spend a lot of time at the beach, like young people are wont to do, they are at serious risk for cancer.

Dermatologists caution that even minor exposure to the sun can potentially lead to cancer. Even if you’re not at the beach, you are still at risk of developing melanoma. They urge people to wear sunscreen (minimum of SPF 30) every time they leave the house in order to minimize exposure to harmful UV rays.

Jordan also urges people not to ignore issues with their bodies. Things might seem minor or unimportant, but a doctor needs to make that determination. The earlier a major health problem is caught, the better the chances of making a full recovery.

Thanks to her seeking a doctor’s advice, Jordan was able to remove the melanoma and is currently cancer-free. Her story thankfully has a happy ending thanks to some selfies. They next time someone tells you selfies are frivolous, tell them that selfies could save a life.