Pmiggy 2009-01-26 19:34:55
Is it possible for *benign* moles to itch or be a little sore?
I’m seeing my doctor next week about one under my left armpit – I’ve
had it for many years and occasionally it has become itchy (usually
when the weather is hot and sticky as it has been lately) but it
usually passes. Trouble is that over the past couple of days this mole
has been more persistently itchy and sometimes slightly sore.
I’m just curious whether these symptoms definitely indicate
malignancy, or whether perfectly benign moles can also show such
symptoms (it might at least put my mind at rest until next week when I
see the doc).
J 2009-01-26 19:35:02
Rpm1 2009-01-26 19:35:39
Yep and yep.
Worry about changes in color, shape & size.
I have moles which are, at the moment, of no concern.
3 years ago I was painting my toenails in January (which
is something I never did at that time of year). I noticed
a tiny little mole between my toes was different. It wasn’t
cute and light brown and round. It changed to a very dark
and uneven color and looked bubbly and had an odd shape.
I went to the doc immediately. 3 surgical procedures finally
got it all. Prior to that it didn’t itch or hurt or anything. It was
just silently trying to do me in.
You’re right to try to see your doc ASAP. My best friend
also has a history of skin cancer. She’s had 3 removed so
far over the last few years. Right now she has a very suspicious
spot on her belly. She knows it needs to be removed but she
keeps putting it off b/c she’s very busy. NOT a plan if you ask
me. Get in. Get checked. Get it gone (if recommended).
Pmiggy 2009-01-26 19:35:42
Let’s hope so. 🙂
J 2009-01-26 19:35:49
Me too, too many to even bother (or have the time to) looking at.
Glad they got that taken care of.
Now there’s someone who should perhaps rush right away to the doctor..at
least to have it looked at.
Light a fire under her.
Rpm1 2009-01-26 19:35:52
You’re right! With the first one she was very worried.
Second one less so. Third one was no big deal. They
were ALL cancer. With this one she wants to wait
until after she spends a week at the shore (it’s part of
her job). She leaves Sunday. I wonder if she can be
seen today… I think she’ll get a phone call from me right
after I hit “Send.” Thanks for lighting a fire under ME! 😉
Pmiggy 2009-01-26 23:53:54
Thanks for all the helpful replies, it’s appreciated. 🙂
One last question – does the fact that the mole is only
itching/slightly sore *intermittently* (it’s been okay all afternoon
for example) mean anything in particular? I mean, presumably IF it WAS
malignant then it would itch/be sore pretty much all of the time?
J 2009-01-27 17:55:01
Perhaps she’ll take care of it after her vacation.
( I didn’t mean “light a fire and rush right in”, I meant get an appointment)
and not all “spots” are cancer.
Hopefully she’ll be fine.
Mb 2009-01-28 02:23:00
Geezzzz…. will you quit this c***???
See a freakin’ doctor!!!
Do you think we can dx. your problem here.
You are spending too much time posting here and fixating about it.
MOST LIKELY IT IS NOTHING.
But you will not know until you get it checked.
GO…DON’T MESS AROUND WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
Pmiggy 2009-01-28 11:29:39
That was somewhat uncalled for.
If you’ll read back to my original posting, please see this pertinent
part of the message:
“I’m seeing my doctor next week ….. ”
I am due to see him on Wednesday.
I am asking these additional questions out of nothing more than
Mb 2009-01-28 15:50:05
I guess I didn’t read your post carefully enough. I thought you were asking
us without an appointment to see your doctor.
Hence, I figured you needed a good swift kick in that direction.
To further answer your question, in most cases skin cancers are painless …
at the start (and painless for a long time).
I am very fortunate in that I had a simple basal cell (superficial) in a
good spot to excise. I got to it early, too. That’s how I first discovered
this group a few years ago.
Let us know how this turns out. If the doctor has any suspicion at all,
he/she will do a biopsy (no big deal). I suspect, however, your doctor may
take one look and say that it is a xxxxx, which would be no problem!
Pmiggy 2009-01-28 15:50:45
Thanks Mel. I’ll let you know.
Techspeed 2009-05-10 15:07:22
Can adults get a new mole or is this a sure sign of cancer ?
Steph 2009-05-10 15:07:34
Down 2009-05-10 20:04:10
they can get new moles.
Peterc_7 2009-05-10 20:04:13
Yes, adults can get new moles. No, it is not a sure sign of cancer.
If there’s any doubt get a referal to a dermatologist and get it
checked out. I go twice a year because I have many moles, freckles,
aktinosis, etc. Removal of a mole is painless and takes only a few