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Worried about mole on stomach with one edge raised

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Hi, I am a bit worried about a mole I have on the right side of my stomach, it's been there since I was a child but I only recently started looking at the shape size and colour and I just need a professional opinion if I should go see a dermatologist. It's about 7mm and it's only raised from one side. It has not changed in size or appearance, not that I have noticed. I have a picture and would like to share with the doctor.


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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
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Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 4 Days ago

Hello,

Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring

I can understand your concern.

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 to be observed.

Symptoms such as bleeding, itching, ulceration, and pain in a pigmented lesion are less common but 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.

Since there is a slight growth in the lesion,
I would recommend that you visit your dermatologist who would bee able to do a dermatoscopy for you, which is seeing the lesion with a probe to know how the lesion looks below the skin. That gives an idea as to whether mole is malignant or not. Its difficult to comment for sure only by looking at it.

In case the doctor sees any changes which warrant a biopsy for further investigation, he will do so and confirm the diagnosis.

please feel free to ask me in case you have any queries.

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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