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Changing moles during pregnancy

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weezie78 Sat 02-Nov-13 20:50:28

Hi there.
I am new to this but feel the need to ask for advice. I have had a mole on my breast for as long as I can remember. I had it checked 18 months ago while I was still breastfeeding. I was told it was fine. I am now 19 weeks pregnant and had it checked again this week, I have been told that it has very slightly changed, not in colour or size, I am not sure what kind of change my doctor means! I have been referred to a specialist who I see next week but I am petrified this is melanoma and it has been left for too long.
Has anyone had this kind of experience? Do moles change in pregnancy? I keep reading such conflicting advice.
Thanks

LightTripper Tue 05-Nov-13 09:14:18

I think you are probably worrying more because you only have one mole! It is very normal for moles to be asymmetric, I have several that are, that have been looked at my dermatologists and don't worry them. They are the experts and will have a much better idea than your GP.

Last year my GP referred me for something she was almost sure was a basal cell carcinoma. Went to dermatologist who disagreed, but took it out anyway to be safe. And unsurprisingly the dermatologist was right! It is really good for GPs to be "Better safe than sorry", but do remember that most of the time it will be nothing to worry about!

Also, if the change is only detectable under a microscope, then it really must be a very early change.

I know it's not very helpful to say try not to worry. But I can send you hugs and say "only one more horrible day to go, and then you will be in front of a real expert who can give you proper advice"

Let us know how you go xx

48th Tue 05-Nov-13 09:24:06

It isn't a sure sign at all. Calm down.... You are low risk, you have one mole in a place I am guessing doesn't get much sunsmile

I have hundreds have lots that have changed and been removed and all that have been ok. A tiny fraction of removed moles have a problem. Your gp is cautious which is great. Hope your appointment leaves you feeling much better.

LightTripper Tue 05-Nov-13 09:36:01

In fact, I have just had a look at just the moles on my arms, and nearly all of them are asymmetric! Please don't worry. Let us know what the dermatologist says when you're back!

weezie78 Tue 05-Nov-13 09:59:35

The problem is though it was symmetrical but the change has caused it to become asymmetric. God I'm terrified. Sorry everyone I'm just so scared of what they might tell me xx

48th Tue 05-Nov-13 11:29:17

Yeah but all those many moles removed have also had reason to be taken off, lots of mine became more asymmetric and some even scabbed but they were all ok like most peoples' manky moles.

Mine in pregnancy grow and change texture I could have had quite a few off but then they settle.

You are really worried and that is horrid but your risk is really low, step away from Google and its terrors see the expert and go from there.

LightTripper Tue 05-Nov-13 13:59:20

Look at mousmous at the top of this thread for example: that was a very marked asymmetrical change (1 mole splitting into 2 would not need a microscope to spot!) but they were both fine.

Hang on in there - not long until your appointment now and then you can relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!!

LT xx

Patilla Tue 05-Nov-13 14:16:00

I've been to a dermatologist for a two colour assymetric mole and it was fine.

Hope you are getting good news.

weezie78 Wed 06-Nov-13 06:23:39

Dermatologist didn't seem too concerned, she said it looks very normal!! Thank goodness. Thank you everyone xx

LightTripper Wed 06-Nov-13 07:58:57

Great news!! Glad you can relax now xxx

terilou87 Wed 06-Nov-13 15:09:11

That's very good news weezie you can breathe now!!

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