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Old 10-17-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I've been going for a yearly body scan for years because I have spent a lot of time in the sun and tanning beds. Over those years I would say I've been to about six different dermatologists. So I had a recent check up with a concern about a spot on my neck that just popped up in the last year. It has changed color, size, flakes and has raised up a few months a go. These are all signs there might be a problem but maybe not. So this new dr looks at it and says it's just a freckle. Then he points out a mole I have had since birth that has never changed shape, size, color or anything and says I should get that removed. That mole has been looked at by all of these other dr's and they have all said it's fine just leave it alone. So both things he told me seem to not make sense. The spot on my neck is more than a freckle, no doubt and the mole is all of a sudden an issue? I cant stand having to trust these dr's and not knowing for sure who is right. Anyone have an opinion that has had experience with skin cancer?

Btw, I don't go in the sun so much anymore or go to a tanning salon so don't need advice on that. : )
Are you seeing someone board certified? If not; move on.
Some derm offices here are doctors from other fields that decided to get into skin. We saw 2; I questioned something on my hub that changed in appearance- with derm 1; they said no big deal. Derm 2 who was board certified did remove it & biopsy it
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I would not trust any Dr. or Medical clinic that didn't have a mole or growth tested after removal.its simply common sense to do it.
Many benign skin lesions have a very distinctive appearance. These can be safely treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen. Some folks have so many of these that to remove them individually and send them to the lab to prove what the doc already knows would be prohibitively expensive and totally unnecessary.

Anything remotely suspicious for cancer, particularly melanoma, should be excised and tested, not frozen.
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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The Doctor works for you. Hire him or fire him. You tell him you'd like the "freckle" biopsied and he can suck it. Ok not the last part.
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