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Disappearing Mole?!

12 Nov 2019 20:19

A mole I've had since I was little (I'm 42) recently changed colour, got almost as dark as black, and became very scabby. My sister has had melanoma (over 5 years clear thankfully) so she urged me to go and see my GP and not leave without a referral to a specialist.

I've been, got the referral, had to go back today to have photos taken of it but noticed yesterday afternoon that it has completely disappeared! You can only tell it was ever there by touch, there is a tiny bump, otherwise you'd never know.

Has anyone come across this before?? I have to go back to see my GP again tomorrow but I'm really worried now that there may be something wrong but he'll dismiss it and cancel the referral as there's nothing there to see anymore. My sister's GP dismissed her initially and only referred her because she persisted and refused to leave until he did - her story would be a very different one had she not done that, this is why I'm now concerned.

Any advice would be amazing! Thank you so much in advance.

Lynne xx

Disappearing Mole?!

13 Nov 2019 10:36 in response to LynneB77


It isn't uncommon for moles to suddenly disappear but it still needs investigating if you have already been referred. Do you have any of your own photos to show what it was like before today? If so, show those so they can get an idea of what it did look like. Your GP, having already seen the mole, should still allow the referral to go through to ensure that nothing is missed. If they are unsure, insist you still see dermatology because in rare cases a mole that is melanoma can regress & it's not picked up until secondary symptoms start - by then the primary melanoma can't be found! So you need to rule this out. Good luck and please let us know how you get on.

Angie (Stage 3 melanoma patient)

Disappearing Mole?!

13 Nov 2019 11:21 in response to LynneB77

Hello Lynneb77 and thank you for posting a question. I am sorry to learn that you are worried about a mole.

By now you may have already seen your doctor and this reply may not be so relevant. But I don't think that your GP can dispute that you had an unusual mole as pictures were taken of it.

I might be wrong, but I get the impression that the mole disappeared over quite a short period of time. As one of our other forum members suggested moles, do disappear particularly as people get older, however this tends to be a slow process. Also although it is unusual for a cancerous mole to go away it can happen, but once again this commonly is a slow process. So I do feel a bit confused about what has happened to you.

Skin examinations are a large part of GP's work and they are often very experienced in this area. But I am sure that they will seek another opinion if they have any doubts about what this mole was.

I am sorry that I cannot be more specific and I hope that you  feel better after seeing your GP.

Please get back to us if you have any more questions.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

all the best,