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How likely is a new, irregular mole to be benign?

Forums General Melanoma Community How likely is a new, irregular mole to be benign?

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    Ella
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    Hello! I’m a 30 year old female (also 15 weeks pregnant if that matters). I’ve had a history of moles changing slightly, getting removed, and coming back with displastic changes. Nothing too worrisome. But the other night I noticed a new mole on the back of my shoulder, and I’ve never had a new mole before. I don’t know when it appeared, but according to photographic evidence it was within the past 3.5 years. It’s irregular, light brown/tan, 6.5 mm long x 5 mm wide. I called my dermatologist office right away and they can’t see me sooner than 4 weeks. I’m obsessing over this mole and worried sick. How common is it for a new, large mole to turn out to be nothing? I can’t really find data on it. How likely is it that this is melanoma?

    Here’s a picture: https://imgur.com/a/TLsRcJd

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      tedtell1
      Participant
      Good morning;

      I have had many moles removed (and a few looked like yours) and none have ever tested positive for Mel. It is good to get checked, but don’t worry too much, as worry only makes things worse. I never found my primary, don’t even know where it came from! So, enjoy the holiday and get into the derm when you can.

      Hope you can find some peace,

      Ted

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        Ella
        Participant
        Thank you! Were those new moles that were benign?

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        tedtell1
        Participant
        Yes,  I have had 12 removed that were “slightly” suspicious and while some of them were “atypical”, none were positive for Mel! You can hear from many, many people here who have skin checks and moles removed alot and have those moles turn up negative for mel. Happy new year, and try not to worry until you are presented with an issue to worry about. And take care of that precious bundle!

        Ted

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      Danielle T
      Participant
      I had a new mole grow in my 40s and it was benign. I know we always hear change is bad, but it’s not always. I would ask your dermatologist to see you sooner only so you don’t have to wait and worry.

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