Could you attach a picture of the mole?
I had asked if a picture could be attached and have not heard back, although I realize there was a delay between when you posted the question and when the moderator placed it in the Medical category.
There are two levels of answer to your question.
The general recommendation is that a mole that is larger than 6 mm should be checked. The diameter is one of the common warning signs for moles, usually structured as the mnemonic, ABCD. The D represents diameter, and if the diameter is > 6 mm, it is appropriate for the mole to be checked.
I ask for a picture because there are some other structures in the skin that may be falsely referred to as moles, and some of these may be larger than 6 mm. If you are certain that this is a mole, then the greatest diameter of 8 mm is a size that would warrant further evaluation.
If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
I am sorry for the delay, but I was away from the computer. I waited as long as I could until it was time for me to leave the computer and finally posted the above response, and then missed the picture by 5 minutes.
This does look like a mole rather than another skin structure that can be falsely called a mole. As such, the size is sufficient to warrant further evaluation. As we teach the ABCDs of warning signs, any single sign that is positive would warrant further evaluation. It certainly is true that it would be more worrisome if multiple signs are present, but any one criteria warrants further evaluation.
You are very welcome.
The measurement should be to the outer edge of the lighter shading of pink.
If it is not > 6 mm, then it would not need to be checked. It would be fine to simply monitor it for now.
You are most welcome.
t is true that a hair growing out of a mole is typically a sign that it is a benign mole, and while the hair is not visible on the picture, a live examination is always more sensitive and accurate than a review of a picture.
Being of a certain size or shape is of sufficient concern that it should be checked, but the live examination is the reassuring factor, not the size or shape.