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Is it normal for moles to disappear?

Forums General Melanoma Community Is it normal for moles to disappear?

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    mlbjab
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    I had an odd mole on my finger in my teens.  It always caught my eye.  It eventually disappeared.  I've had early stage melanoma.  Should I worry that that mole, years ago, was a melanoma that regressed?  Or is it normal to have moles regress in teens/early twenties?

    I had an odd mole on my finger in my teens.  It always caught my eye.  It eventually disappeared.  I've had early stage melanoma.  Should I worry that that mole, years ago, was a melanoma that regressed?  Or is it normal to have moles regress in teens/early twenties?

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      PSD
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      Yes, they can. Ask your doctor at your next appointment.

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      PSD
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      Yes, they can. Ask your doctor at your next appointment.

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        mlbjab
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        Do you mean yes they can regress or yes it could have been melanoma?

        I was young, so I had no idea what melanoma looked like.  I do, however, remember thinking instinctually that I did not like that mole.  I remember noticing it when I was using a pen and thinking to myself – that is an odd mole, but then telling myself it was JUST a mole not to worry.  Now, years later being diagnosed with melanoma and many atypicals, I worry that that was also a melanoma that regressed.  It caught my eye the same way that my melanoma did (I thought it was odd).  This is why the memory of that mole came to me. 

         

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        mlbjab
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        Do you mean yes they can regress or yes it could have been melanoma?

        I was young, so I had no idea what melanoma looked like.  I do, however, remember thinking instinctually that I did not like that mole.  I remember noticing it when I was using a pen and thinking to myself – that is an odd mole, but then telling myself it was JUST a mole not to worry.  Now, years later being diagnosed with melanoma and many atypicals, I worry that that was also a melanoma that regressed.  It caught my eye the same way that my melanoma did (I thought it was odd).  This is why the memory of that mole came to me. 

         

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      Janner
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      Regression is a normal process.  If the mole wasn't suspicious before it faded away, then I, personally, wouldn't give it another thought.  I've had quite a few moles fade away and I am just happy I have one less mole to check!

      Best wishes,

      Janner

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      Janner
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      Regression is a normal process.  If the mole wasn't suspicious before it faded away, then I, personally, wouldn't give it another thought.  I've had quite a few moles fade away and I am just happy I have one less mole to check!

      Best wishes,

      Janner

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        mlbjab
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        Thanks for the info.  I did look online after I asked my question and found that moles can and do regress even when u r young.  I always thought they only did when you got old.  I feel a little better.  I find myself questioning a lot of things since my diagnosis. 

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        mlbjab
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        Thanks for the info.  I did look online after I asked my question and found that moles can and do regress even when u r young.  I always thought they only did when you got old.  I feel a little better.  I find myself questioning a lot of things since my diagnosis. 

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