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Mole on arm without significant change. Is this 'SUSPECT'?

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Hello

I have had this mole on my right arm for my entire life, I do not believe its changed significantly .

It appears to be symmetrical, but I was curious if you consider this mole to be 'suspect'? If I was your client would you recommend it be investigated further for melanoma?

Please make sure this question is properly assigned to a dermatologist, I selected dermatologist but it appears this question has been assigned to a family physician.


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Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 4 Days ago

Hello,
Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
I am the InHouse Physician and this query will be assigned to our dermatologist on board- Dr. Kruti.
However, I will request you to first upload an image of the mole, so it's easier for her to predict the future course.
Regards.

Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 3 Days ago

Hello

Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com
I can understand your concern. I reviewed the pictures.

Since i haven't seen it earlier I can't tell you if it's changed. But I could see a colour variation in it. I would ask you to investigate it further. You can visit your dermatologist and ask him to do a dermatoscopy and a biopsy if required.
I would like to give you some information regarding moles.

A new or changing mole or blemish is the most common warning sign for melanoma. Variation in color and/or an increase in diameter, height, or asymmetry of borders of a pigmented lesion are noted.

Symptoms such as bleeding, itching, ulceration, and pain in a pigmented lesion also warrant an evaluation.

ABCDE criteria for a changing mole, which are as follows:

Asymmetry: Half the lesion does not match the other half.

Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.

Color variegation: Pigmentation is not uniform and may display shades of tan, brown, or black; white, reddish, or blue discoloration is of particular concern.

Diameter: A diameter greater than 6 mm is characteristic, although some melanomas may have smaller diameters; any growth in a nevus warrants an evaluation.

Evolving: Changes in the lesion over time are characteristic.

Lesions exhibiting these features should be considered potential melanoma.

In your case i could see a colour variation and hence i advised it to be investigated further.


Please let me know if you have any queries.
Take care

Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 2 Days ago

Would you say it is urgent to get the mole investigated?
Hello,
Thanks for getting back. If have noted any changes/differences please get investigated as early as possible.
Thanks


Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Experience: 
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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