hello i am 29 years old and i have always had a tan mole on the top of my chest but for the past 3 weeks i have noticed some changes to the mole. such as it has now started itching and getting bigger and now it feels rough when before it felt smooth. it also looks crusty with black bits and looks quite red. i am a bit concerned about it because i have recently come back from a 7 week holiday in australia and admit i 70 per cent of the time i didnt have any sun protection on. do you think i need to get it checked by a doctor.
Any changes in the color, size, shape, borders, or sensations within a preexisting mole (nevus) is enough of a reason, in my view, for a visit to a Dermatologist (and, in most cases, a biopsy to rule out melanoma).
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