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Old 05-16-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Satellite moles

A few days ago I went to my doctor to ask about a mole that had been concerning me. I thought it had changed in shape somewhat, but the doctor reviewed it quite closely under a magnifying-light thingie (I'm sure there is a technical term) and assured me it was benign. He mentioned a tiny mole near it and called it a satellite mole. I of course went home and googled "satellite mole" and all I'm finding is that it is a sign of melanoma.

Are all satellite moles a bad sign? I have a lot of moles and am pregnant, so my hormones are crazy right now. I have an appointment on Monday with a dermatologist because I am driving myself nuts with worry.

 
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Re: Satellite moles

Okay, a "satellite mole" is not a definite sign of melanoma. No more so than a mole that has a jagged edge is most certainly melanoma. Any person can grow new moles over the course of their lifetime. Also, moles can fade and disappear over the course of a lifetime as well. Your skin is a living organ, and as such, it will constantly change over the course of your lifetime - although you probably won't be aware of those changes.

Now, with that in mind, anytime you notice new moles developing, you should take note. Especially, if you fall within the risk groups for skin cancers. These include: people with red/blonde hair, people with light eyes, people with lots of moles, people who do or have spent lots of time in the sun without sunscreen, people who have a family history of skin cancer. Does having "satellite moles" mean you will develop melanoma? NO! Does it mean that you could? It depends. What do you do? Exactly what you are doing: have a specialist (dermatologist) take a look at it to get an opinion. Don't hesitate to insist on having something removed from your skin if you have an uneasy feeling about it. Remember, however: it is impracital to have every single flaw removed. It might not ever end. Yet, if there are one or two moles that you are especially uneasy about, and your dermatologist agrees with you, have them removed and biopsied.

Melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly of skin cancers, yes. And it is on the rise at the moment. And it is something to be concerned about. However, take this one step at a time, and more than likely you have nothing to worry about.

 
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