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Scared by mole cancer worries

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kirstynic Tue 30-May-17 11:55:02

Hi everyone it's my first time posting and I apologise for the long post.

My legs very rarely make an appearance in the sun but due to hot weather I had to get the shorts out. Whilst sitting I paid particular attention to a mole on my leg. It has always been there and if I am honest have never paid much attention to it tho noticed like a white spot in it. I picked the spot and it bled a little. What bothers me is not only this but a dark brown spot in the mole. Of course I have been on google and everything I read has me panicking. I then downloaded a skin vision app which it said high risk.

The spot I picked now looks ulcerated and scary also the dark spot worries me. Been to the doctors today she is reffering me for an urgent appointment within 2 weeks. She said they may call and ask for a photo to be sent for the dermotologist to look at before the appointment? My leg also seems to be aching so worrying even more. I have attached a photo sorry if it grosses you out (also the stubble must shave my legs better) Thank you for reading x

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 30-May-17 12:02:34

Stay off Google!

If you must read up in advance stick to the cancer UK or McMillan website - they are reputable sources of information. Your leg is probably aching because you are hyperfocused on it.

As a heads up at the dermatology appointment they will probably want to check all your moles which will mean taking all your clothes off. They will also probably have a good feel of your lymph nodes. They may also biopsy/ excise the mole at your first appointment. They will also be lovely and gentle and look after you smile

knicknic Tue 30-May-17 12:12:20

Thank you for your reply. I know I must stay off google I do it for reassurance but end up feeling worse!

I sort of wish I had left the white spot in the mole as it looks even worse now I picked it, I just hoped it may disappear. The mole is about 5mm and I rarely get out my legs so lucky it's not on show much. I hope the appointment comes through quick trying to enjoy half term with my daughter but my mind keeps drifting into a dark place x

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 30-May-17 12:28:03

Make sure you tell the dermatologist that you picked it so she knows it isn't an ulcer that randomly appeared. I'm not going to tell you not to worry because of course you are -it always worst when you don't know so you imagine the worst. flowers for you

knicknic Tue 30-May-17 12:37:47

Thank you for replying I will tell her I picked it tho worry the white spot could have been an ulcer. It looks like an ulcer now the bit in the photo that looks open has sort of turned into a red bit. Thank you for the flowers xx

Chewbecca Tue 30-May-17 17:25:33

When you get your appointment through, they will look more closely through a special instrument then usually either tell you it is nothing to worry about and discharge you or remove it. Removal can be there and then or otherwise within a week or so. It's sent off for biopsy and you get results within a week or so.

It is unlikely to be malignant but always worth checking and going through the process to check it out, just in case. By the way, I was recently told that only 20% of melanomas start off as a mole, most of them are new marks.

knicknic Fri 02-Jun-17 09:47:04

Hi just an update. My appointment is on the 12th June seems ages to wait but I guess it's just inside the 2 week wait. I know I have to try and be good till then but I wish it was sooner xx

Chewbecca Sun 04-Jun-17 11:35:40

Thanks for updating, do keep doing so.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 04-Jun-17 20:54:51

I'm going to my GP about a mole (or two) on my face. I can understand the worry, but in my opinion, it's just better to get it checked out.

Both my sisters have had basal cell carcinoma diagnoses so I wouldn't be surprised if I'm sister no three with it. It doesn't worry me (yet!).

Chewbecca Tue 13-Jun-17 11:49:07

How did you get on knicknic?

knicknic Tue 13-Jun-17 14:42:57

Hi thank you for asking, the dermatologist wasn't worried about it so sent me on my way x

Brighteyes27 Tue 13-Jun-17 14:58:45

That's such good news very pleased for you. Take care

knicknic Tue 13-Jun-17 15:17:19

Thank you smile

clairethewitch70 Tue 13-Jun-17 15:21:56

I had an urgent appointment arranged by my GP, whom I saw 3 weeks ago.

The dermatology appointment was yesterday. He shone a light on it measured it and asked some questions.

He told me it had to come off there and then So it was completely removed yesterday with 6 stitches in, and internal ones too. Told me it is being sent off for testing as they hoped they had it all.

Best wishes and I hope all it ok.

Chewbecca Tue 13-Jun-17 15:32:55

Ah, good news knicknic, glad that's all done with. Always best to get checked if in doubt.

Best wishes to you claire, fingers crossed it turns out to be ok.

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