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Offline Bulan

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Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:47:32 PM »
I'm terribly frightened: I just discovered a new dark brown spot on my skin where there was none before. It seems to have appeared almost overnight, or at least grown very quickly. It's the size of a large pea, and it seems a bit raised.

It's in a private area, and I've never sunbathed in the nude, nor used tanning beds. I'm very light-skinned and easily burn, so for most of my life I've stayed out of the sun.

I've also had pain in my groin area recently, although I can't tell whether my lymph nodes are swollen.

Do new dark brown spots normally appear on people in their 30s? I thought benign spots were a sign of aging.

I will get this checked by a doctor, of course, but I'm terribly frightened and to help me deal with this, I need to know whether I'm experiencing something common...
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 08:09:18 PM »
I am 40 and get new spots all the time.  I have had several biopsies and all have turned out benign...thank God.
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 08:37:24 PM »
I had the ugliest looking mole pop up out of nowhere the dr looked at it and said melanoma but it was actually completely benign. No worries youll be fine! Im 25 , 4 biopsy's all normal!
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 09:15:26 PM »
I am 40 and get new spots all the time.  I have had several biopsies and all have turned out benign...thank God.
Thank you for sharing your experience, ShawnW!

Was there a time in your life when this trend began? Or has your skin been changing since you were a child? I have many moles, but I don't remember getting new ones until last year. I'm 36, and I noticed a similar spot on my face, specifically on my temple just behind the hairline, appear suddenly.

It's light brown, and also about the size of a large pea. The dermatologist looked closely but isn't worried about that one.

Also, what do your spots look like?
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 09:17:44 PM »
I had the ugliest looking mole pop up out of nowhere the dr looked at it and said melanoma but it was actually completely benign. No worries youll be fine! Im 25 , 4 biopsy's all normal!
Thanks so much for this post, jilllayy! What did your spot look like?

It must've been terrifying to hear the doctor use the word melanoma though. How did you deal with that?

Also, have you always had spots appear out of nowhere? Or did it start after a certain age?
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 09:20:34 PM »
I had my first baby in 2012, and I've had a few skin changes after that: one skin-coloured growth that disappeared after several months, then the brown spot that appeared on my temple. Now this.

Does anyone know if pregnancy sparks skin changes like this?
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 09:41:47 PM »
I am 40 and get new spots all the time.  I have had several biopsies and all have turned out benign...thank God.
Thank you for sharing your experience, ShawnW!

Was there a time in your life when this trend began? Or has your skin been changing since you were a child? I have many moles, but I don't remember getting new ones until last year. I'm 36, and I noticed a similar spot on my face, specifically on my temple just behind the hairline, appear suddenly.

It's light brown, and also about the size of a large pea. The dermatologist looked closely but isn't worried about that one.

Also, what do your spots look like?
  Seems to worsen as I age.  I think they pop up overnight.
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2014, 09:47:46 PM »
Exactly, I'd heard about 'age spots,' but not necessarily ones that begin in one's 30s...

Do your spots look like regular moles? I mean, symmetrical, evenly-coloured, etc.? Or do they have abnormal borders, or any other more sinister features?
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2014, 10:12:19 PM »
Exactly, I'd heard about 'age spots,' but not necessarily ones that begin in one's 30s...

Do your spots look like regular moles? I mean, symmetrical, evenly-coloured, etc.? Or do they have abnormal borders, or any other more sinister features?
  All sorts including halo moles, actinic keratosis, and a mole the dermatologist said looked suspicious.
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Re: Very scared about a new spot on my skin...
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2014, 12:18:06 AM »
Thanks, Shawn. Were any of your spots raised?

I'm so afraid... Can anyone give me any more feedback about this? I need to talk about this, please...
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