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I have a strange looking mole on back which is worrying me I have uploaded a pic. Could I have your opinion on this please.

Many Thanks

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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
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Hello

Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com

I can understand your concern.

The picture you have posted is of an atypical mole. This would need an investigation from your dermatologist.
The dermatologist would examine it under a dermatoscope and if then required would do a biopsy from the lesion to check whether it's a melanoma or not.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.
I thought of giving you this information so you are aware of what change to expect.

Hope I have answered your queries.
Regards.


Patient replied :

Ok I will book an appointment. Could you tell me the likely hood by its appearance that it is Melanoma? In your opinion. I understand you can't give any real diagnosis on here but your opinion might help.
many thanks


Hello

Thanks for your reply. Melanoma could be a possiblity since its falling into the abcde criteria. There is a variegated appearance.

Hence you need to get it checked out.

Take care


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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