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Mole Abnormality

. I'm a 16 year old girl who's about to start GCSEs. today my mum noticed red rings around a few moles on my back. she looked online and came across the possibility of skin cancer. trying not to add more stress to me she told me to go on the NHS website and do the test to see if I need it checked out. the test said I did especially as I have many moles. my mum however told me not to make a big fuss out of it.

My question is: do I have it checked out, or do I just keep watching it to check for any other abnormalities.

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Yes, better to get them checked out and be told that it's nothing serious, good luck with your GCSE's and i hope you get positive news from your drs appt regarding your moles


Your Mother reactions to your symptoms strikes me as strange and slightly alarming to say the least. I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma the mole in question I had had since birth I don't have a lot on moles on my body and I also have an olive skin tone so I was not in the high risk category for developing skin cancer. My form of skin cancer was extremely aggressive and had I waited just a few more weeks a month at the very most before getting the mole checked out by a doctor it would of been a very different outcome for me. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH

If you have any concerns at all about a change in anything regarding the size,shape,colour,feeling of a mole you have no matter how minor it may be or how new ring your GP surgery for an appointment IMMEDIATELY in most cases it's nothing to worry about but if it is then catching it early is vital. Good luck with your GCSES And PLEASE make sure to that first thing MONDAY Morning you are making an appointment to get your moles checked


Pop along to the doctor sweetie. Good luck with exams. Not a fuss just common sense. It's your responsability to look after your health.


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Hi Alanna

So far I have had 6 moles removed due to various forms of cancer, and all have been detected due to the fact that, when visiting my GP I always ask for suspect moles to be checked.

On completing an overseas contract I had an end of contract medical where I pointed out a mole which appeared abnormal. I was referred to the local hospital for a follow up check which took place two weeks later. It transpired that it was benign so, as usual, I asked the doctor to check my back. She immediately said that she would remove a suspect mole, which was fortunate as it transpired that it was a malignant melanoma. Whether the first doctor had missed it, or it was fast growing, I do not know, but I have since been living on borrowed time.

Alanna, we cannot be too careful with suspect moles, and it is essential to have any checked out sooner than later.

Please get it checked as soon as possible, even if only for peace of mind.

Best of luck with your GCSE's, Alanna, and if you are stuck with a question with which you do not readily know the answer, leave it and go on to the next question. Then, if you have time after answering the other questions, return to it and give it another go.

Here's hoping that the mole is benign, and always, but always, ask your doctor to examine your back every time you visit the surgery. It could well save your life. It did mine.

Best of luck.


05 July 2017



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