Okay, so. First time poster here. I have intense anxiety, and I tend to fixate on health issues and google the issues to no end.
Last week, my college PE class went through a chapter on cancer, with an emphasis on skin cancer. I left class immediately freaked out, and called my dad in a panic to tell him he needed to go to the doctor for a spot on his arm I had noticed the weekend before. He didn't want to, but called up the dermatologist and oddly they had an opening that day. So, he went in and had a spot on his arm, as well as a spot on his nose biopsied. Two days later, we got the call that both were benign (thank God!). Should have been the end of my worrying, right? But, alas, I have anxiety.
Today, I realized a mole I have had forever that is on the side of my neck has become intermittently itchy in the last several years. It is lightly pigmented and raised (which has me freaked out thinking it may be amelanotic melanoma). I also have a very dark colored basically flat mole that has also been there for years under my rib cage. However, I have now convinced myself it has changed (the borders are characteristically "feathery", and there is a spot that has appeared in it in the last few months that just SEEMS different). Neither look quite like all the pictures I've googled.
I am calling the dermatologist first thing on Monday (of course, I would have to have this particular attack on Easter weekend!) but it is often difficult to get in quickly and I will likely continue to be anxious until I get a clean biopsy . I have stopped googling for now...but I can't stop thinking about the possibility of having skin cancer. I have had two moles removed and biopsied in the past and both were fine.
I guess I just need a little bit of support. Also, hearing success stories where others went through the same thing and it turned out well seem to help. I hate this!