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Im a 25 year old female. Im worried about moles. I used to

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Im a 25 year old female. Im worried about moles. I used to go abroad (4 times in my life) and used sunbeds about 3 years ago, i have 2 dark moles on my stomach (about 2 or 3 years old) slightly raised, edges arnt particullarily uneven, not scabby or sore. However im an anxious person and i need reassurance that they will more than likely be ok. I have an oppoinment with a dermatologist next week, but i just need to set my mind at rest. Never thought about getting them checked untill someone mentioned it to me and scared me at work. Any Help ?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 8 years ago.



Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. The things to remember about moles is ABCD.


A = Asymmetry. Moles that are round are usually totally normal. Look out for those that change shape.


B = Border. Changes in shape around the edges should be watched for. Usually the borders are smooth and even.


C = Color. Smooth, even brown coloring is normal. Moles that have many different colors should be examined.


D = Diameter. If it's larger than a pencil eraser, it should be seen. Most moles are small (and remain that way), smaller than about 5-6 mm.


It's a great idea to have a periodic skin check, especially given your history or sun exposure and tanning beds. It doesn't sound like your moles are anything to be concerned about though.


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