Post # 1
I had a mole cut out 4 days ago and they make you wait TEN DAYS until you get the results back from the biopsy! 10 days is insane. I actually stopped freaking out the past two days until I took the dressing off today and found out the doctor had cut a much larger incision than the mole itself – which the internet tells me probably means the doctor thinks it’s got a high probability of being cancer.
I’m getting married in 4 weeks, honestly didn’t want to be freaking out about having skin cancer right now.
It’s not like I neglected my skin. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to the beach in the past 3 years, the mole was on my upper stomach and I wear a one piece, not a bikini! I have fair hair and skin though and blue eyes. I’m nearly 28.
I do get regular-ish checkups but can’t for the life of me remember if I’ve had one in the past 18 months, in that time we’ve gone overseas, gotten engaged, planned a wedding AND bought and moved into our first home! Time has gotten away on me
Just wanting advice on what I can do between now and the 7th September when I get my results back, to take my mind off things or at least convince myself it might not be a fatal cancer!
Post # 3
Don’t stress! My sister had an unusal mole on her back that was removed and tested but came back benign – and they also made a huge incision.
I believe that if the mole is in a place where it’s easy to make a large incision without significant scarring (such as stomach or back), then I think they will. It doesn’t make sense to just cut a little bit when they can be extra careful and do it all in one step anyway!
Post # 4
I just had a mole removed, the doctor told me up front that he did not think it was cancer and that the incision would be much larger than the mole, and elliptical. I still have my stitches in right now, it’s been more than 10 days, and I have to wait til Tuesday to get them out because of the holiday. Don’t worry, it won’t help you in any way, and stress could actually weaken your immune system. It’s pretty random that I came across your post. Yeah, don’t worry, a large incision is common. Unless your doctor has told you that you have reason to be concerned don’t be.
Post # 5
@amyinbrisbane: I also had a mole removed. It was a medium brown colour & a black dot appeared in the middle of it. The doctor made quite a big incision and the tests came back absolutely fine! Please don’t stress out 🙂
Post # 6
I have had 4-5 moles removed..all came back fine. try not to stress about it and cross that bridge when you get to it! 🙂
Post # 7
i will have a mole removed september 10th and im really scared about the whole process.
hope yours is fine and sending you good vibes!!
Post # 8
@newname_99: The process is OK. I’ve had 3 done now. Just grit your teeth and look away when they put the needle in because it stings a bit (but nothing insane). Anyway you want that pain cos if you didn’t have it, you’d feel it when they cut you and that would be so much worse!
I also don’t like it when they take out the stitches cos there’s a bit of pain involved in that too, but once again it’s minimal. And I’m a wuss so I’m not the best person to talk about this 😉
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
Well, even if it’s melanoma, we have dabrafenib and trametinib now, and I’ve used that in phase I for the last three years and had several patients go cancer free, so hey, even if it’s bad, it’s not the worst!
Post # 10
@amyinbrisbane: How did you go? Did you get your results? I will be in your situation in a couple of weeks – I need a mole out that gets no sun exposure at all! I hate waiting, I just want to know now! I think they often cut pretty big margins around the suspicious moles, I think they treat every suspicious mole as melanoma because they have to have something like a 5mm margin all around (my Mum had a malignant melanoma removed).
I hope all went well and the results were negative, do let us know!
Post # 11
I’ve had moles removed before and so far so good. Don’t stress.
Post # 12
I’ve also had a mole that changed in color, shape, and size and everything came back fine. I hope the OP’s mole was benign!
Post # 13
Crossing my fingers for you that the results came back with good news!
Post # 14
@Deejayelle: Yes, I found out on Saturday! It is nothing !! I was happy 🙂 And now I have a nice little scar. I did read somewhere that a very small percentage of excised moles come back as dangerous.
It was good that I had the wedding and other dramas to take my mind off it in the final days of waiting!!
Best of luck for yours !
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for your thoughts !! It is all OK 🙂
Post # 16
OP, thanks for making this post. So glad to hear you’re okay!
It’s very relevant for me- I don’t have any moles, but a small mark appeared on my side (where by bra crosses my body) a few months ago. It was very small and met none of the requirements that would raise concern, so I made a note to check on it for changes. Well, yesterday I saw it in a mirror and gasped. It got big and bulbous and is a dark red/purple/black color, and is very tender.I’ve never had anything like this happen before!
I’m so glad to read about other people’s experiences with this and that everyone is doing well 🙂