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I have a mole that I think is Melanoma. I first noticed this

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I have a mole that I think is Melanoma. I first noticed this mole 3 years ago when I had a sudden sharp pain on my thigh and looked and noticed a mole there. I'm not sure if I had it before or not. The mole is flat and its not raised. The mole sometimes itches. But it always hurts when I press hard on it. It feels like the muscle under the mole is sore. I have convinced myself that I have melanoma but since I have extreme anxiety and fear of cancer I have stopped myself from seeing a dermatologist. I showed to my family doctor and he said he doesn't feel concerned unless it gets bigger. The mole hasn't really gotten bigger in the past 3 years, if any the change is very minimal. My mole is 3mm and is brown with a black centre. I'm 25 years old with brown skin. No history of melanoma in my family. I have basically convinced myself that I have melanoma and this has caused me a great deal of stress. I can't really keep up with school work thinking I have melanoma and will die within the next few years. When a mole hurts when pressed, is that s sign of melanoma? Does that mean the cancer has advanced to deeper layers of skin and the muscle?
here are some pictures of my mole, i tried to get as close as possible, it looks big in these images but is only 3mm when measured and it hasn't gotten bigger in the past 3 years. maybe a bit but not very noticeable.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2v3pnwn&s=8
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=25akf9i&s=8
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=b87jps&s=8
most recent photograph of the mole
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=332ckeb&s=8
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
do you have any more pics?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=25akf9i&s=8http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=25akf9i&s=8http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=332ckeb&s=8http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=b87jps&s=8
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

I don't understand.

Why don't you go to your doctor and get a biopsy?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the appointment with dermatologist is in 3 months, i'm worried that's why i'm asking here before my appointment.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
I really don't see any concern with the pics.
you definitely need to see the dermatologist but I don't see an emergency concern here
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
you mentioned i definitely need to see a dermatologist. If it is not melanoma what could be causing these symptoms? and also remember reading that normal moles have only one shade of color. Mine has different colours from dark brown to different shades of black.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Other.
I just realized this question has not been answered by an dermatologist but an MD replied back. I'm looking to have this question answered by dermatologist. I have read Dr.Nair's answers on this website and I do think he is the most knowledgable for my situation. Is it possible for me to request him? I wanted to ask this question from him but he was offline so I couldn't ask him specifically.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

it might be tender from pressing on it. Isn't this possible?

Expert:  Camille-Mod replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
Per your request, we will continue to look for an Expert to assist you. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance while you wait.
Best,
Camille-Moderator