I have recently noticed a mole on my thigh. It has a lighter brown area next to it which it's hard to tell if it actually part of the mole. I tanned a lot in my teenage years so I am always concerned about melanoma. Do you think I should contact a dermatologist or just watch and wait and see if there are any changes?
Answer If this is a new mole, or you haven't noticed it before, I'd either check it our right now, or measure it carefully (taking a picture) and re-measuring it in a month. If there isn't any change, I might just continue to do this until a change is noticed or six months go by. Also, you might want to go to this site and check out the actual pictures (ABCDE's of melanoma) It's pretty accurate. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma#panel1-2 Hope this helps.
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