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TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:16:06 PM »
So I'm 24, rarely go in the sun and only got a tan/burn maybe twice in my life.  I wear SPF 40 daily although not always on my body (My body skin is rarely exposed to the sun anyway)  I have two moles that worry me.

The first one is kind of irregular but normal-colored. About 4-5mm. I've had it as long as I can remember, and last year I asked a nurse practitioner about it.  She said it was a mole with a few freckles around it, but I'm still worried about it because I'm not sure if she's qualified to diagnose it:

http://imgur.com/FTzk1ak

The second one is right under my lip.  It's really tiny, maybe 1mm, and barely even noticeable, but it's new, and when I stretch the skin it takes on a slightly irregular shape which worries me.

http://imgur.com/a/0qIbZ
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Re: TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 06:35:42 PM »
I have a mole under my lip almost exactly the same as yours. It has never bothered me though. I also have one bigger than a pencil eraser as well on my back; it is irregular and not a single colour. This one does bother me.

Have they changed in anyway? I can't diagnose you obviously but they look harmless to me. The only thing I can say is keep an eye on the one on your arm but not to the point where you check it everyday. If you notice any changes, then go to the doctor. This is what I do. Now and then, when I have a bath, I will check the mole on my back to see if it changes. Try not to let it worry you though - at least not right now.
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Re: TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 06:52:27 PM »
@Venomsaur

So far the one on my lip is kinda new (or at least I only recently noticed it) but the one on my arm has been there for years and to my knowledge hasn't changed.
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Re: TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 07:15:59 PM »
The one on your lip looks like a freckle. This makes sense if it has only just appeared since that's what freckles do. I wouldn't worry about the one on your lip. If the one on your arm hasn't changed, then you shouldn't worry about that one either - but like I said, keep checking every month or so (but don't constantly check it). I worried about the one on my back for months - my anxiety would come and go. But now, I couldn't get anxious about it even if I tried.

If it is really concerning you though, then just check with the doc to make sure.
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Re: TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 09:55:17 PM »
Of the two the one on the arm is more concerning.  With that said, I would take it in the context of your "families of moles".  In that you biopsy the "ugly ducklings".  I will say I'm not a dermatologist but there are things that concern me less about the mole on your arm...while it has two different colors and irregular borders I have probably 5 that look just like that in my "family" of moles on my body.  No doubt it needs biopsied, but it doesn't scare me.  It doesn't have a typical melanoma look.  You never know until you get it under a slide.

The one on the lip looks like a freckle.  Even if it happened to come back melanoma I would guess it would be melamona in situ based on the size.

Get them biopsied...but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. 
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Re: TWO scary moles! Melanoma or normal??
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 08:58:19 AM »
Does the one on your arm stick up like it's sitting on top of the skin?  If so, there's a name for those type moles and they almost never turn into anything.   

I won't let my derm's P/A touch me. I figure I pay for a specialist and I don't want her guessing. She once did a biopsy on a mole that was mildly dysplastic nevus.  Since he didn't know how much she got, he had to do the full excision to make sure he got clear margins, which meant a 3 inch wide, 3 inch long, 3 inch deep removal. It was 'all clear' but he said better safe than sorry.  If he'd done the first one, he would have gone ahead and taken more in the first place.
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