Scrotal melanoma?

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8/27/2011 4:35am
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Hi everyone,

I'm a 20 year old male from Australia.

I have notice some new moles growing on my scrotum and the underside of my penis about a week ago and I'm concerned that it is scrotal melanoma.

The new mole on my scrotum is brown to black in colour, about 3-4mm, borderline is a bit irregular. I also notice some dark-coloured skin lesions scattered throughout my scrotum.

The mole on the underside of my penis is relatively small and black in colour, also has a irregular border.

I feel a weird itching sensation from the those two moles occasionally (i traced the feeling without look).

I showed my GP my new moles yesterday, he said I should get it checked and referred me to a dermatologist but I have to wait until the upcoming Monday.

I have a few questions:

1. Based on the symptoms, is scrotal melanoma possible?

2. If the melanoma is on my scrotum does it mean that it spreads quicker? (Since the skin on the scrotum is thinner.)

3. Can I get all my suspicious moles removed on Monday? Or do I need to wait for another surgical date? I really don't want to wait for the melanoma to spread before I remove it.

Thank you all for your precious time.

I am really worried, my mid-semester exams are near and I can hardly get into the mood for study.

I can't sleep at night without thinking and checking my moles.

James from Sydney - (8/27/2011 - 9:23am)

you are doing everything right by seeing the Doctor, the Derm. will be able to tell you what they are. I have been on this Board for quite a few years and this is the 1st time i've heard of Melanoma in that area. it could well be nothing. I understand that you would be worried but try and relax maybe studying will take your mind of it.  The Derm can excise the moles or biopsy them. If you have any questions please post again. I'm sure everything will be ok.

best wishes


lovetheworld - (8/27/2011 - 10:57am)

Thank you for your reply James.

I found two more suspicious looking moles ( one on my left feet and one on my left thigh).

They have irregular borders, the one on my thigh have different colours, both smaller than 6mm.

Are they linked? (one caused or spread to the other)

Should I have all my moles removed for biopsy?

How do doctors determine which is the primary?

James from Sydney - (8/28/2011 - 2:22am)

I think it would be very rare to have more than 1 Primary Melanoma at the same time. I've never heard of it.  Even if one of them is a Primary Melanoma if it is found early ie. before it starts dividing which is called insitu you will be ok. Any sample taken will be looked at by a Pathologist who will determine  whether it has started dividing. You are doing the right thing going to the Doc early.  As i said before i would be very surprised if it is anything to worry about. The Derm will have a pretty good idea when he looks with his Dermascope. Try and relax many people have certain mole syndromes which can be mistaken for Melanoma even by GP's . 

best wishes


Anonymous - (4/6/2013 - 2:51am)

Hey man,

I am 21 years old, and a nursing student. I have the same symptoms you present in your post. I know this may sound weird but would you be able to share your diagnosis? I am terrified as well. Please respond whenever you have the time. Thanks. 


Pfitzge1 - (6/19/2013 - 5:38pm)

Just went through this. Not going to get into details because the profanity filter keeps stopping my profanity free post. Feel free to message me.

Pfitzge1 - (6/19/2013 - 5:40pm)

Just happened to me.

POW - (6/19/2013 - 10:03pm)

I have never heard of melanoma presenting as several different primary sites scattered around various locations. You are absolutely right to get checked by a good dermatologist. But when you are there and he/she says it's not melanoma, be sure to ask him/her how does he know it's not melanoma? What is different about your lesions than for melanoma? Then in the future, you will have a better idea of what to look for.