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Old 08-25-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Understanding biopsy results

Recently doctors suspected a mole in my nail bed and I had to go through a biopsy in which they completely removed the mole.

After 2 weeks and 2 different people (lab and a specialist) looking to it, results came as a "suspicious mole". according to my doctor it means it wasn't benign but it wasn't malignant as well. (he said that it was closer to being benign). What does this "suspicious" mean? He also told me that as it wasn't malignant there's no need to do anything more.

This "suspicious" wording still scares me. I'm a 35 year old mediterranean light olive skinned person that always had a good number of moles. after this event I started to look to my body and I might be getting new moles (I'm not certain, perhaps I don't remember all the moles I had as I never paid any attention to them). What's next now? Do you recommend that I go to a dermatologist and get a full body check?

I would really appreciate if anyone can tell me what this result means and what should I do next. Thank you.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Re: Understanding biopsy results

I don't know who diagnosed you but basically if it is suspicious then it should be checked on to make sure it doesn't get malignant. If it were me I would consult a Dermatologist to have a full body scan and also see what he/she thinks of the suspicious mole. I've had 2 cancerous moles removed and several just frozen off so now I have to see a Dermatologist each year for a complete check.

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Old 08-29-2011, 06:12 AM   #3
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Re: Understanding biopsy results

Did your nail bed have that black streak or line from the matrix to the tip? I just had a nail biopsy Saturday and posted some pics on a thread below yours. Mine was just discolored, I'm not sure if there was a mole in mine or just a growth.

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Re: Understanding biopsy results

Are you certain the word that was used was "suspicious?" It wasn't "atypical?" Suspicious is rather vague, but atypical is commonly used. An atypical mole (or atypical nevus) is simply a mole that looks unusual but is benign. Sometimes - but not always - an atypical might develop into melanoma. But then again, it might not.

I've never heard the term "suspicious mole."

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