Hairstylist Saves Client's Life After Making Startling Discovery
Cailyn Finkel 7/20/2018
You usually vent about marriage, gab about children, discuss life and rant about work - but what happens when your hair appointment turns into an oncology appointment? Sadly, that's exactly what happened to one woman named Eileen Korey.
Back in the 1980s, Eileen used to be a health correspondent for WKYC TV in Cleveland, and everyone in town recognized her by her ruby red locks. Even when Eileen moved on from the position, she made a point to keep her same fun color.
So, every few weeks, Eileen would take a trip to her favorite hairstylists for a quick cut and dye job. She had no idea one of their regular appointments would take a very dark turn when her stylist made a shocking discovery...
As soon as Eileen sat down in Kari Phillips' styling chair, she went right to business. Kari quickly weaved through Eileen's scalp and began to place the foil. But when Kari reached the back of Eileen's head and started to part the hair, she noticed something odd.
Kari told Yahoo News that this type of hair dying process made it easy to see straight through to her skin.
"Because we take such little partings on our touchups and on our highlights, we can see pretty much the whole entire scalp."
Between the strands of fire-red hair, there was a small brown mark. Concerned for her client and long-time friend, Kari piped up. She looked at Eileen and said:
"It doesn't look right. I don't remember seeing it."
Kari suggested she see a dermatologist and get things straightened out. They both assumed it was a strange mole or freckle - but knew that it was better to be sure. So, Eileen scheduled an appointment for her dermatologist and continued on with her day.
But when the doctor came back with her diagnosis several weeks later, Eileen was left in complete and utter shock.
Eileen's dermatologist, Pamela Davis, MD, ordered a biopsy after analyzing the discolored spot in person. The biopsy results confirmed Eileen's worst fear: the spot was melanoma. Thankfully, the spot was removed and Eileen wasn't forced to endure chemotherapy or radiation since it was caught in time.
She knows that, without Kari's keen eye and willingness to speak up, things might've ended up much differently.
"I wouldn't have felt it, because it wasn't raised. There was nothing to feel. It was just at the skin level, the epidermis level, and it hadn't infiltrated down."
Now Dr. Davis is using her patient's story to encourage others to check their scalp regularly. When it comes to places you can't see in the mirror, she suggests asking your stylist to look - just like Kari did for Eileen.
Dr. Davis told Yahoo News:
"Not I, nor any [other doctor], can really get through it all, so we ask our patients to try and remember to ask the stylist to look when the hair is wet."
It may feel weird to ask, but doing so could save your life!