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Mole changing

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Just after some advice, I have had a raised mole on top of my left wrist for many years,never changed in colour,texture etc never itches or bleeds and looks fairly smooth but the last few weeks the edges have become red and the skin around the edges looks tight. I saw my GP this morning,he measured it and said it was 4.3mm and he said it was not overly concerned by the appearance (they have a mole checker at the sugury but unable to use it as it was broken but that would have given him a clearer answer) he has given me steroid cream to reduce the redness,he said it may just be inflamed and I have to go back in 3 weeks and if it has grown or changed he is going to refer me but for now he said he is not worried and shown me pictures of cancerous moles which look nothing like mine. Do you think his advice is okay or should I seek a 2nd opinion? I think I'm happy with  his answers but just wanted to see what others thought. I'm not after a diagnosis as I've seen my gp. Thank you   

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Thanks for getting in touch with us.

It’s natural to feel concerned if you notice a difference in the appearance of one of your moles. You have done the right thing by going to see your GP for advice. It’s just a pity the mole checker at the surgery was not working as this may have given you further reassurance.

Doctors also use a weighted 7-point checklist to check your moles. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have these guidelines to help doctors decide if someone needs to be referred urgently or routinely to be seen by a skin specialist (Dermatologist)

The main thing is that the GP said he is not worried, but he is being prudent and getting you back in 3 weeks to check that things have settled down, but if not, he will refer you to a dermatologist to be seen. But if you’re not happy with what he has said then you can make an appointment with a different GP to be assessed and to have a second opinion.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.

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Thanks for the replies.

I have been using the cream and the redness has faded a little but today I randomly noticed that the 2 end knuckles on that same hand are swollen,can barely see the 4th knuckle. I have convinced myself the mole is cancerous and it has spread,my appointment isn't until 14th June and I'm really worried again but don't want to make a big fuss by going back early. I don't remember hitting my hand and there are no insect bite marks,just very worried 

Annemarie- Macmillan

Hi Pixie80

Thanks for getting back in touch.

These symptoms can be caused by something other than cancer. But it’s always best to have them re-checked by your GP. You are not wasting their time by getting your symptoms checked out again.

Take care


Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist