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Forum Name: Skin Cancer
Question: Mole located directly over my spine
|firemom31 - Thu Dec 30, 2004 7:33 pm|
I have a mole located directly over my spine, between my shoulder blades. In the past 6 mos or so it has become itchy and I have burning pain in it at night (feels like a lit cigarette on my back). I have recently started have back pain in the same area that feels like it is in my spine. I asked my husband to take a digital pic of it since I can't see it, and I was a bit concerned since it looks like a med school example of a cancerous lesion. I have no medical insurance and do not want to pay for an expensive dermatologist if this is likely to be something benign, but I don't want to put it off if it could be something more sinister. Anyone care to hazard a guess at what the odds are that it is a malignancy?
|Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Dec 31, 2004 9:22 am|
You understand that no one could possibly reach a diagnosis without a direct examination with any degree of certainty. Having said that there are certain criteria in a mole that signal a red alert. Itching in a mole is one of these warning signs. Please have a look at our melanoma.htm" class="postlink">mailgnant melanoma page for more information on warning signs of malignancy. I think you should have it checked out and you may even need a biopsy taken.
|firemom31 - Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:38 pm|
Thank you for your quick reply. I guess I was looking for affirmation of what I already suspect. I have no medical insurance, but I will contact the health department asap. Thanks again.
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