Just a mole or melanoma?

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5/5/2014 8:03pm
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Hi everyone,

 

Just recently I noticed that the area around an existing mole had become sort of redish, like a halo, and that worried me a little bit. I am in the process of booking an appointment with a dermatologist but would like some opinion as to what this could be.

Here are a couple of images I took just today

 
Thanks in advance

Janner - (5/5/2014 - 9:25pm)

No one can diagnose via a picture - even a dermatologist.  If it has CHANGED, insist that it be biopsied.  CHANGE is the #1 factor for me, however changing lesions DO NOT HAVE TO BE MELANOMA.  A changing lesion is more concerning.  All I can really say is don't let the dermatologist say "that's fine" - say you're not comfortable with it.  A biopsy is the only way to know for certain.

 

aimedon - (5/6/2014 - 4:03pm)

Thanks for your reply. Your feedback is much appreciated. A biopsy is what I intend to do -- it's just that the earliest appointment to the dermatologist is in about 3 weeks. I am not quite sure I should wait that long.

Janner - (5/6/2014 - 4:41pm)

That's fine.  As much as things are hard mentally, most things (including melanoma) grow relatively slowly.  It's rare to get an appointments earlier than that.

aimedon - (5/7/2014 - 8:44pm)

Janner,

I just read your story and I must say -- Oh dear, you are one tough lady, a true warrior. Good for you for having been so attentive to your body. I was terrified at first thinking what a sneaky desease melanoma really is and so persistent,  too. While reading, I started thinking there must be something wrong with your body for so many melanomas to pop up so often, not to mention the less dangerous cancer, squamous cell carcinoma on your forehead. Then I came to the part where you found out you were genetically predisposed for these illnesses.

I just want to say that I am sorry you are going through so much in life but at the same time I want to encourage you to never give up. I wish you all the best for now and I will share later the results of my visit to the derm.

brittanyx - (5/27/2014 - 1:14am)

No matter what, whether it looks suspicious or not you should go get your body checked. Mine didn't look suspicious, mine looked like a pimple and I just let it go. It's better to be on the safe side!