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Mole question

Monday, January 07, 2013

So I am kind of freaking out and thought I would turn to my Spark family. I have had a variety of moles for a very long time. Several on my shoulders have been there since I was a kid, so I have never really thought anything of them. My boyfriend tells me constantly that I need to get them removed, but I'm a huge baby and have just kind of avoided it. I guess I thought if it was that bad then during my annual exam the doctor would notice and mention it, which has never happened lol. I decided to step up and confront this issue. I have a large mole on my shoulder that has an abnormal circumference. I feel like it might have gotten a little bigger over the past few years, but I don't have data to prove/disprove that. I also have a flat, light brown mole on my scalp near my hairline above my ear. This one has definitely gotten bigger. I read online that the flat moles are the bad ones. I have some other raised moles, but these two are the ones that have stood out to me the most. I made an appointment on Feb 1st with my doctor about these moles, but I am kind of nervous. The lady on the phone said my doctor removes moles or may have to recommend me to a dermatologist. Would they remove the mole that day or would they look first and then schedule a future date for "surgery"?? What is the process of removing moles? Mentally I am envisioning a huge knife sawing off the one on my shoulder and having to dig a hole in my shaved head to get the other one. Has anyone had moles removed? My head is getting hot just thinking about it:(

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/8/2013 12:04AM

    I know it sounds scary in theory, but getting moles removed is no big deal. They can remove them a number of ways, and it's all quite painless. No big holes in your skin, no big saws. :) The doctor should just be able to remove them right then, unless they're super busy. Like someone else said, it takes hardly any time. Easy peasy!

Good luck to you. I'm glad you're getting them checked out - better safe than sorry! Try not to worry too much. Whether you need anything removed or not, it'll all be fine and no big deal! :)

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CLPURNELL 1/7/2013 10:03PM

    I need to see a Doc about mine as well

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-MOJOJOJO- 1/7/2013 8:50PM

    I recommend seeing a Derm Doc. I have had a large one removed from my back that was precancerous and the doc did a crap stitch job. Go to one who is not mole removal happy lol. I have had a few removed by laser onto neck (more cosmetic since they were irritating to my necklaces). I also have a few I need a real SKIN doc to check out. I need insurance for that...I feel your pain in being paranoid I have about 3 that are concerning me but my VA doc says they "look" fine... :/ hope you get things checked out!!!

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HDHAWK 1/7/2013 8:50PM

    I had one taken off my shoulder not long ago. There's nothing to it. Took about 10 min. and done. Didn't hurt either! Get them checked!

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AUDREYBELL1 1/7/2013 6:51PM

    I also had a small cancer on my nose they numbed it sent it for a biopsy that same day. I see my dermatologist every 6 months to get an upper body check done. My regular Dr. never seemed to think there was anything to worry about. The most important this is please go get it checked it might be nothing but believe me you don't want to wait till its to late to find out. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 1/7/2013 6:40PM

    They may just take pictures and follow them for a year. They will measure any grow from the pictures. Having moles removed can be painless. They can be frozen off sometimes, they always test them after, but most are nothing. If you have had moles most of your life, this is most likely the case. But have them checked just to be safe. Skin cancer is easily taken care of early on. Relax and take care of the little stuff before it turns into big stuff!

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FITBIZZZ 1/7/2013 3:31PM

    I wouldn't bother with your regular doctor. A dermatologist will do an all over check and remove anything suspicious and send it off to a lab. Even if it's a bad one, they can tell by the sample whether they got it all or not. I have a LOT of moles. Some I've had all my life but didn't turn "bad" until I was an adult. I go yearly to the derm and average a bad one every 1.5-2 years. Definitely something to stay on top of, your dermatologist will be able to tell you how often you should go. It is SO not a big deal to get one removed.

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JUDI_CUTIE 1/7/2013 3:24PM

    I had some skin tags removed and it was not bad. My mom has had a few suspicious moles removed, also not too bad. I would agree that they would probably want to do it the same day (but if you really want to say no and schedule it later, I think you could say that.) Try not to worry. It is very good that you are getting these checked. Also, show the doctor all of the moles, and then that can be a baseline for future comparison.

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USMAWIFE 1/7/2013 2:34PM

    see a dermatologist

if it is anything suspicious, yes they will numb you that day and remove it and send it out for a biopsy. My doctors nurse actually did it for him after you are numbed, she used a small instructment and it was gone two stitches were put in and I was on my way.

Got a call back a few days later that mine was pre cancerous and was brought back in where a dermatologiy surgeon numbed me up more, and removed it. had eight sticches that time.

do not worry so much you could have worse things happen,

I hate needles but it was not bad saw and felt NOTHING

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