Nervous about some "moles"...
I put "moles" in quotes because my doctor has called them other things...
Mole #1: Maybe 10 years ago I developed a light-colored (like a pinky-brown color) oval-shaped mole under my arm on the side of my body (it's on my side, about 3 inches behind where my breast and body meet -- bra strap lays right over it). It was about the size of a pencil eraser. I had the doctor look at it and he called it rosatia and said it was nothing to worry about.
Mole #2: A few years ago, I developed a small round brown spot on the front of my body under my left breast... smaller than pencil eraser. Had doctor look at it. It is occasionally itchy. He said it was nothing to worry about.
Mole #2 was bothering me more about 6 months ago, and I had the doctor look at it again (while I was there for something else). He looked pretty closely and called it an "Auxiliary Nipple" (I know, it sounds a bit gross). He said it was nothing to worry about.
Okay, so Mole #1 has grown over the years. Doctor always says it's nothing to worry about. In the last few weeks, it's suddenly VERY itchy and scaley. I normally have problems this time of year with dry skin, but the mole also appears to have changed. It has definitely grown since it first appeared 10 years ago (it's probably 3-times the size now). It's still Oval-ish in shape, and I wouldn't exactly call it "irregular" but the edges don't appear as clean as they used to be. In the last few weeks it's "puffier", has a scabby or scaley feel, and itches several times throughout the day. It is also no longer pinky-brown... it now looks more like freckle-colored brown.
I *do* have an appointment scheduled with a dermatologist for November 4th (the soonest they could get me in).
I'm 39. I smoke (yes, I know it's bad, but lets not harp on that for now).
I was recently diagnosed by a rheumatologist with fibromyalgia.
No skin-cancer in my family that I'm aware of... though there are other cancers (cervical, breast). My mother and maternal grandmother were always plagued with moles and my mom had one removed (not for being cancerous) a few years back.
I'm fair-to-medium skinned (a lot of people think I'm italian because of my dark hair and dark eyes). I was a bit of a tanner in my teen years, but for the last ten I'm more likely to use fake spray tan and a good sunblock. I *always* have sunblock on my face, year-round and my makeup has sunblock in it as well.
How worried should I be?
Should I push the dermatology office to try to get me in earlier if possible?
Last edited by ARabbit; 10-08-2009 at 02:19 PM.