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Worried about melanoma

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    Skye
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      I am a 13 year old female and have many moles (I would say about 50), and most look perfectly healthy and normal. I have one on my arm which is slightly raised and has a brown area around it with a couple of black specks in it. I went to the doctors back in March to reduce my anxiety and they confirmed the that it was healthy and that I didn’t need to go back unless I showed symptoms of illness.

      However, around last week I spotted a small brownish spot underneath the toenail in the bottom left corner of my pinky toe. I think it may have grown with the nail slightly since, but I don’t unfortunately know if it is actually located on the nail or the skin at this point. I can’t remember hurting it in any way and it is painless. I have been non stop researching my symptoms the past few days and I reckon it could be either a subungual hetamona or subungual melanoma. It doesn’t necessarily follow any characteristics of subungual melanoma (usually found on the big toe or thumb and a vertical line) and despite the fact it is extremely rare in children, I just can’t get the thought out of my mind and it worries me all the time.

      I suffer from anxiety and OCD, and can’t stop worrying about the fact it could be subungual melanoma or the fact I could have melanoma herself, especially as it can be so fatal if it is not treated early.

      Is it worth going back to the doctors or would I just be wasting their time?

      Thank you so much in advance x

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        JudiAU
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          Even if you have a history of melanoma in your family, the likelihood of a teen with melanoma is low and the likelihood a bruised toenail is high. I would mention the toenail at your next well teen checkup and consider seeing a dermatologist annually to check out your moles.
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