Oncology (General Cancer)/Mole or melanoma?


Hello Dr.

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.  

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Donald Higby, M.D.


I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.


I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

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