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My son is 12 years old. He had a yellowish tone stain on the

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My son is 12 years old. He had a yellowish tone stain on the white of his right eye for at least 5-6 years and possibly longer. It is of yellow tone, not brown. The opthamologist indicated that the stain is a mole (conjunctival nevus). Last Septmeber (2001), the opthamologist has indicated that it has gown slightly , about 0.5mm. The mole was about the same color, with no changes. The doctor indicated no need for removal and that we should see him again in a year. It has been six months since we last saw hi. The mole is about the same color, light yellowish. There may be a 0.5 mm growth in size, all symmetrical.
So my questions are:
1. What are the chances of it being malignant? Do I need to be concerned about the latest possible 0.5 mm growth?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 5 years ago.
Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. Thanks for the information. Your concern is a good one. The malignant transformation rate of conjunctival nevi into melanomas is quite low. It sounds as though you are receiving excellent follow-up for this. The good news is that it is quite common for these to grow somewhat and change somewhat during puberty as your son is likely nearing, if not in. To that end, I wouldn't worry too much, especially in light of your excellent follow-up. If there are malignant appearing features to this that arise, it sounds like your doctor would be on top of it in plenty of time. Does that make sense?

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nat66ant99 :

OK. Please note that the letest 0.5 mm in change was my observation. We saw his doctor 6 months ago. I an assuming it is normal for the mole to grow slighlty and it is safe to wait another siz months to see our doctor again. Thanks and I will accept

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Doctor DanB : Yes, this kind of growth is normal and I think 6 months is a safe amount of time to wait between rechecks.
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