Oncology (General Cancer)/Mole or melanoma?
I'm a 29 year old woman with no personal history of cancer. My mother had breast cancer at age 52.
I've recently noticed a new mole appeared near the outside of my breast, close towards the axilla. I first saw it around 3-4 months ago (can't remember precisely) and I think it was around 1-1.5mm in size because I remember I thought it looked like other moles I have which are this size.
This week I've looked at it again and I think it has grown, it looks a bit bigger than before and bigger than the rest of the moles that I thought it looked like. I measured it and it's around 2-2.5mm.
Last year in August I went to the beach (used 50SPF sunscreen and sat under the umbrella when I wasn't bathing). However this new mole doesn't appear in the pictures so I'm guessing I didn't have it.
The mole is small, oval and looks normal, but it bothers me that it seems to have grown. Can a regular mole also grow? And what should I go? Take it out asap or wait to see if it grows more?
Here are some pictures:
Thank you so much
Moles can go through spurts of growth. Your mole looks benign to me. Sharp borders, a relatively uniform color, and a smooth surface are more likely to be associated with a benign mole. You should measure it carefully about every two weeks. If you think it is getting bigger, even though it appears benign, that would be a reason to get another opinion. I've had a mole removed from my thigh because, even though I was intellectually certain that it was benign, it was starting to drive me crazy. Removing it was a better alternative to psychiatric treatment. I now have another mole on my side which doesn't bother me as much and I haven't worried about it. But bottom line, I'm pretty sure it's benign. Hope this helps.