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Hi, I;m Dr Osula, thanks for your question. Its likely your mole would be benign however its good practice to take out these kind of moles if they've changed color, shape, size, texture etc. and have them examined as not even the best of dermatologists can 100% state benign based solely on the appearance. The cells has to be examined under a microscope.The fact that its symmetrical and no change in size for over a year are reassuring points. I wouldnt want to speculate on the risk as that would just increase anxiety and in these cases, its best to wait for the results. In terms of chances of spread, if caught early and not the aggressive type, then they pretty much localised
No, lets assume worst case scenario this was a melanoma. Some melanomas can be slow-growing and be present for years, while some can change in weeks or months. This is why you look for other features and not just time ie shape, color, bleeding, texture, etc. If the dark color has bee present for as long as you remember, then that to me is very reassuring.
But Doctors are doctors, they'll do what they have to do to make sure you're ok. Its always better to be safe than to make assumptions. Results do come back pretty quickly.
No I've seen regular moles look like that, but this is my point. You cannon use a picture to determine a mole. If that was the case, people would not be having them taking off or biopsied. But I can say it looks more benign to me than a melanoma.
It is rare, thats why Australians have the highest incidence of skin cancers.
They always in the sun
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