hi i have a raised freckle (not sure whether it is a mole or a freckle) i have had it for as long as i can remember im a 14 year old boy and i have recently been fearing skin cancer, after hours of looking on the internet looking at symptoms i have found that if the mole is not symetrical then it might be skin cancer so i am worrying if i have melanoma.
I hope i am not too confusing if i am please ask me questions, here is the second part
before now i didn't know about skin cancer as much and because i was younger i didn't check myself so i can't remember if the mole / freckle i have got is melanoma or not because it is a circle but there is a bit of the circle missing and where the freckle is missing it is a lighter colour underneath so i am wondering if i have got a freckle on top of a mole (which i think would be fine i think that is what it is) basically can you get a freckle on top of a mole (the mole is light coloured and only raised a little bit) or do i have skin cancer ?
Ok lets try look at this logically.
You are 14. If you had this mole "as long as you can remember" we can probably safely estimate you have had it at least 4 years? More than likely you can remember it being there all your life though. Anyway, point is, if it hasnt changed in 4 years you have nothing to be worried about. That being said, you are coming to an age where your health is your own responsibility. It is well worth going to a Doctor once a year just to get moles checked.
There are things they ask you to look out for.
1. Is the mole bigger than an eraser on the end of a pencil?
2. Is the border of the mole noticeably unsymmetrical.
3. Colour, is the mole dark in colour or have significant colour variations.
4. Has the mole changed.
I have 4 moles on my stomach, 8 on my back and thats not counting the thousands of freckles I have on my arms and legs. None of my moles or freckles are perfectly
symmetrical. They are all a little bit off. What they mean by not symmetrical is that they are noticeably all over the place, huge variations in either side. By all means get it checked out, your Doctor may decide to have it removed to prevent future risks of skin cancer BUT
its only a precaution and does not mean you will have developed skin cancer otherwise.
My Granddad got skin cancer on his face years ago. It was this big ugly black mole that raised up off his face. It was extremely extremely noticeable.