Post # 1
I’m hoping that some of you may have had experience with this as I’m having doubts about my current doctor. My man thinks that I just need to “listen to the professionals,” but I just can’t shake this nagging feeling.
Here is a bit of a background: I am a very fair blonde with freckles and small moles all over. 6 months ago I noticed that one of my larger moles (about the size of the tip of your pinky) had changed in color. First it seemed to look blistered and then it scabbed off leaving a darker mole. This concerned me so I visited my doctor’s office where they removed the “suspicious” mole that same day. They sent it in to be examined and a couple of weeks later they deemed it to be non-cancerous. My doctor assured me there was nothing to worry about.
A couple of months after that the same thing happened with another mole under my arm. This one hurt a lot and I went in to see my doctor again. She took one look at it and said, “that one is completely normal.” I was a little surprised, but I didn’t question her. She explained to me that my skin is dry from moving to a Northern climate and that I just need to get used to it. After a few days the mole went back to normal.
Now today, I was getting ready and noticed that two of my very small moles on my stomach have changed. I know this because these two are usually what I refer to as “freckles” because they aren’t raised. They are both now raised and one of them is starting to look dark and scabbing.
This just does not seem “normal” to me! I’ve never had this happen to my moles before, so part of me thinks she’s right and it can be attributed to the dry climate (we’ve been here just over a year). Another part of me thinks it’s better to be safe than sorry…I feel like I’m driving myself crazy 🙁
Have any of you bees had experience with funny moles? Could you please share? If I want a second opinion I’m going to have to drive at least an hour to the next town and take off work to get an appointment. Fiance thinks I’m just being silly. Any info would help! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
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
I think you should get an opinion from a dermatoligist just to be sure.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
Thanks ladies..you’ve helped me feel a lot better about this decision. Unfortunately the closest dermatologist is 6 hours away so hopefully I can get some more info from another doctor in the next town over. I’ll have to show Fiance these responses 😉
Post # 11
@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
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!