(Closed) I think I need a second opinion, but FI thinks I’m being a hypochondriac…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

As another fair skinned, blonde person I would say you should get a second opinion. My dermatologist makes me (he’s pushy) come every 6 months to get checked out because of my skin color. They told me to call them immediately if I noticed changes in moles or new moles developing.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I think you should get an opinion from a dermatoligist just to be sure.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Get a second opinion. Darling Husband has a lot of moles and his doctor referred him to a dermatologist who examined every inch of his body (and I mean EVERY INCH, even his scalp, between his toes, and *ahem* his manly bits) and photographed his skin every six months to document any changes. You’re not being silly at all.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You can make an appointment with a dermatologist for a “mole check” and express your concerns to them. They might be able to offer advice or have you come in regularly for check-ups.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d get a second opinion.  Honestly, something that is a well published sign of cancer isn’t something I would take lightly.  If two different doctors tell you it’s no big deal, then I’d let it be.  But I’d get a second opinion first.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What a timely post! I’ve just had a mole removed from my upper arm – most of my moles are in the orange-dark brown colour family and this one presented as pinky with an almost scabby cover. I think NZ doctors are far more likely to take the “rather safe than sorry” approach as we live under the ozone layer hole but my GP was very keen to remove it and send it for biopsy. I would push for a second opinion – the consequences of misdiagnosis are awful.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Another very fair skinned girl here.  I would highly suggest making an appointment with a dermatologist.  I go every 6 months to have mine checked.  Better safe then sorry.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@mrs.peters.to.be: Do not mess around with that. Get a second opinion. I hate to say it but if God forbid something is wrong catching it early can make a huge difference.

Best of luck, my friend, and please let us know what happens.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I also vote get a second opinion.  I’m a redhead with very fair skin.  If things are changing, have them checked out – I did, and it was a good thing because my concerns actually turned out to be basal cell skin cancer.  I actually told my dermatologist that maybe I was “overreacting about this freckle” last time I was in there and he told me that with my risk factors, and my history, at this point, there is no such thing as overreacting.  So, like others have said, Go! And don’t feel bad!

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