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lacunakitty1121
03-29-2006, 04:51 PM
I've had a mole on my back for a while. I'm not quite sure when it appeared there or if it actually has been there my entire life. I never really paid attention to it. Last year someone I knew was diagnosed with Melanoma by a mole on his back, so I got paranoid. But I pushed it away becaues the mole was "normal" sized and shaped and it didn't feel strange.

Recently (as in the past few days, maybe?) the mole has been itchy. I'll scratch it and my nail will catch the side of the mole and it will hurt. The mole feels a bit rounder, also. As far as I can see the shape is rather round.

I know I should go to the doctor to see what they think.. but I have a couple of questions:

1. What does this sound like to you?
2. If they need to remove the mole to either test it or just remove it for safety precautions - what is the process they use? (I am absolutely 100% phobic of shots.)
3. Should I be worried? Afterall, I know the entire process of being diagnosed with melanoma - the chemo, the change in personality from the chemo... its not something I want to go through...

JS8568
03-29-2006, 06:26 PM
All I can say is that I wish I had not put off getting a mole(s) check and removed...it was soooooo simple! I had 3 removed the other day & not in pleasant places...and yes, you get a quick shot & yes, it stings just a bit, but you don't feel a thing as the mole is removed...nothing.

And 1st things 1st...Get an appt. with a derm. and take it from there. It may be nothing and he/she won't even suggest removing it. If they do want to remove it, it is not a big deal...just don't look at the shot.

If a mole changes in any way or becomes itchy, have it looked at. Good Luck!

lacunakitty1121
03-29-2006, 07:08 PM
Thank you very much.

Ga Lady
03-29-2006, 07:29 PM
I've had a mole on my back for a while. I'm not quite sure when it appeared there or if it actually has been there my entire life. I never really paid attention to it. Last year someone I knew was diagnosed with Melanoma by a mole on his back, so I got paranoid. But I pushed it away becaues the mole was "normal" sized and shaped and it didn't feel strange.

Recently (as in the past few days, maybe?) the mole has been itchy. I'll scratch it and my nail will catch the side of the mole and it will hurt. The mole feels a bit rounder, also. As far as I can see the shape is rather round.

I know I should go to the doctor to see what they think.. but I have a couple of questions:

1. What does this sound like to you?
2. If they need to remove the mole to either test it or just remove it for safety precautions - what is the process they use? (I am absolutely 100% phobic of shots.)
3. Should I be worried? Afterall, I know the entire process of being diagnosed with melanoma - the chemo, the change in personality from the chemo... its not something I want to go through...
1. I cant diagnose it but if its itching get it checked.

2. Ask for a punch! Not a shave biopsy! One stitch! Itty bitty shots just in the surface of the skin. YOU WONT FEEL A THING BUT ONE LITTLE STING!

3. I had melanoma. Stage 1, no chemo THANK GOD! Took a hunk out of my arm but no chemo! Melanoma is deadly but if caught in time it can be treated surgically without treatments!

Good Luck! ANd get it checked! Let us know!

FL_Trish
03-30-2006, 09:23 AM
I had had a mole removed from my back that felt was itching and another from my leg that was also itching.
The one on my leg was in-situ melanoma. Was removed and that was the end of that.
The one on my back was just a mole.

So, it is difficult (and not wise) to diagnose a mole based on symptoms. Only specialist would know/do what is best, and how to address the situation.
It could be something that they could treat, or it could be that one time you scratched it too hard (without knowing) and it is tender, swollen and itching due to that (that has been the case with a mole I had – it took a couple of months to heal).

Since then, I have had 4 more moles removed from my back. They all have been just moles, and nothing to worry about.

The great thing about having them removed and tested is that it gives you peace knowing for sure that they are/were not skin cancer... and also the fact that it is hard to 'keep an eye' on those moles (due to the location).
So by having it removed, you will never have to worry about it changing in the future or not.

The procedure takes no more than 3 minutes. It is just a little sting, and that's it.
"A mole in a bottle never hurt any one"
Right?

Good luck on your appointment, and keep us posted. You are in our thoughts…
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