Re: Dark Spot Inside Shave Biopsy Hole - Other questions too
I really wish there was a more standard way of determining which moles/lesions to remove from patient's skin than just individual speculation! It gets so frustrating and confusing sometimes.
I understand the concern you are going through now, and I know it's difficult, by my personal mantra has always been: Don't worry until there is actually something to worry about. If this mole was the same size 3 years ago, and it had regular borders and was symmetrical, then chances are it's nothing. Wait for the biopsy results to come in. Some moles can be quite large (I've had a couple that were sizeable and demanded they be removed because I just "knew" they were trouble - turned out, they were fine.)
Fact is, one derm will see something, and say it's nothing. Another derm will see the same thing, and say it needs to be removed. Who ends up being correct? I'd say it's about 50/50. Skin cancer, unfortunately, is not precise. I had 3 moles that I just knew would turn into melanoma - had all the A B C D E's. They were removed and they were normal. When I did have a melanoma, it didn't have any of the A B C D E's - go figure.
Doctors do miss things, yes. I've known people who have suffered because of this. But I've also known people who have had doctors slicing into their skin needlessly. It goes both ways. My strong suggestion to people is to know their own body, do regulary monthly skin checks (ALL over), and get to know every single inch of their own skin. That way, when a doctor asks them about a certain mole or lesion, the patient can give information regarding length of time, size, changes, color, etc.
As for now, you have a waiting game. When the biopsy comes in, that will be your determination of your next step, if there is one.