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Mole on my shoulder

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When I was 15 years old (ten years ago) a large mole on my shoulder started to itch one day, fell off, and bled a fair amount. I remember thinking, "What the heck?!" It has become a flat, reddish brown, flower shaped mark on my shoulder, slightly bigger than the original mole. I did go see a general practitioner a couple of years ago, who barely even looked at it. He then suggested we wait and see, since what with it being so flat it would be difficult to get a biopsy. He told me that if it changes or grows to come back...and then he shooed me out the door. My point is that ever since it fell off it has done nothing but change (although it hasn't grown). I no longer have medical insurance, so I was wondering if it would be worth the cost of going to see another doctor, possibly a dermatologist, when a GP didn't think it was anything to worry about.
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replied April 10th, 2011
I generally recommend a biopsy of any pigmented lesions that have changed in size, shape, coloration, elevation, or in the contour of their borders. Additionally, the new onset of itching or bleeding is another potential symptom of melanoma.


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