Post # 1
I’ve had a spot on the back of my arm for quite some time, and due to its locatian and being busy with life, I would forget about it. I hadn’t noticed it before, and it was kind of hard and tough feeling. No weird coloring, liquids, shaping, pain or anything, but since it was a new spot, I finally went to get it checked out today.
The doctor said it most likely wasn’t cancerous but wanted to do a biopsy anyway to be sure since it looks different from my other moles.
But I’m still freaking out, especially since I have to wait 1-2 weeks for the results.
Anyone else been through this?
Post # 2
Don’t worry… Did the doctor use a dermoscope? If so, even less reason to worry!
Doctors won’t ever say that a mole is completely fine because, frankly, they can’t know it until it has been removed and looked at. Since your mole didn’t have weird colouring or shaping etc, I really wouldn’t worry about it. It’s good that you had it removed since it looked different than your other moles and felt hard but usually cancerous moles also change in colour and/or size. Therefore, if your mole was cancerous, you would be quite a rare case or it would be at very early stages.
Don’t worry, you’ve done everything you can right now by having it removed and based on your description it’s unlikely there’s anything wrong with it. Cancerous moles are usually UGLY and scream cancer… just go on Google and search for images!
Post # 3
I have had 5 moles removed for biopsy. The most recent was one removed a month ago. I know it is really scary at first, I remember my first time 3 years ago. Out of the 5 I have had removed and biopsied, only one was in the developing stage of melanoma (really eary, believe it was called in-situ melanoma). Once the results were in I had to go back and have more cut out the area, and stitch it up (only 4 stitches, not my intent to scare you at all, it was a very easy procedure. Didn’t feel a thing), they biopsied that and I was good to go. 2 of them came back perfectly fine (benign) even though they had grown and looked odd. The other two, including my most recent one, were atypical, one mild, one moderate. That is not cancer, just means there is a slight (very slim) chance of them developing into melanoma.
I hope your dermatologist goes through the statistics with you, they made me feel a lot better. Even if it is somewhere in the atypical range, the chances of it developing into melanoma are very, very slim. Once it is removed, there is zero chance because it is gone. I have to go get checked every 6 months due to that one butthead mole, but I have many moles (back, shoulders, arms, and neck) and there has yet to be any alarm with the others. I hope that helps a little. If he wasn’t that alarmed about yours, odds are it will come back benign or with slight atypia and you won’t need any further procedures.
If it helps at all, the one that was melanoma was a tiny jet black mole, more like a black freckle. The others have been brown, some slightly risen, that had slight changes over time. Good for you for getting it checked, it is so important. You have every right to be nervous, but I have been there and I am sure your results will be fine. The worst part is waiting for news. Hope everything turns out all right!
Post # 4
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I had one taken out of my shoulder seven years back. I’d caught sight of it in a shop changing room and had a complete freakout – it was a big black ugly one – and went straight to the doc. She said she thought it was ok, but sent me to the practice skin specialist; he said he thought it was ok (looked at it through the dermoscope) but said if I wanted to have it removed, I could. I jumped at it, mainly so I wouldn’t have to worry again – four stitches later it was gone. Turned out to be fine but could have turned nasty so I was glad to be shot of it.