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Suspicious large mole that appeared on scalp

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    Nandi Magadla
      I am a 32 year old woman who gets her hair done professionally every month. Two weeks ago my hair stylist noticed what appeared to be a new mole she never saw before. Fast forward to today. I saw a dermatologist who told me he was concerned that the mole just appeared. He described the mole as being 8mm in size (large in comparison to the standard 6mm and under  “healthy” mole). He reports the mole was symmetrical and oval shaped. He reports the mole was dark and uniform in color (I am a person of color and he said our moles tend to be darker), he reports the mole was superficial and flat. The mole had no irregular edges. He performed a shave biopsy and was able to shave off the whole mole with clean margins. I asked for his clinical observation of the pathology of my mole and he said he was 95% confident that it was a benign mole. I understand that doctors can never promise you good news regarding health without the facts to back it up but I am very worried that I will fall into the “5%”. I receive my biopsy report in 7-10 days. It does not help that we have a long weekend ahead of us because waiting is excruciating when it comes to matters of health and how it will impact the trajectory of life.

      I am coming to this community to ask if anyone over the age of 30 has experienced this. My dermatologist was a little concerned because he told me that new moles should stop developing at 25-30 years old. Have you ever had a mole just appear and it be large in size and turn out to be benign? Or maybe experience having a mole that became larger in size in a short amount of time without pathology? I am thinking of melanoma but I am also searching for hopeful experiences while I await the news. Thank you in advance!

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          Hi Nandi:

          I’m in my 50s and am still getting new, benign moles appearing — mainly on my sun-exposed arms though. I always get them checked because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Waiting is the hard part, and I hope you hear back soon.

          All the best,


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