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Q. I got a new birthmark like thing. Is it melanoma?

Answered by
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 29, 2018

Hi doctor,

I have a birthmark like thing on one of my toes. I am 90 percent sure that I have not had it since birth.

My father passed away due to melanoma. I am much worried about this. Please help me.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query and can well understand your concern. From your question I can understand that this lesion has been present on your foot since long time.

Melanocytic nevi maybe benign or malignant. If this lesion has recently changed any character that is increased in size, change in color, uneven pigmentation, etc., and then chances of malignancy are more. Please observe it carefully.

Malignant melanoma is a disorder which carries a high index of suspicion and especially if it occurs on the feet. Hence, we cannot ignore this lesion.


Investigations to be done:

Since there is a strong family history, I advise that you should get a biopsy done as soon as possible. A biopsy will determine the true nature of this lesion.

Differential diagnosis:

1. Melanocytic nevus.
2. Malignant melanoma.
3. Lentigines.
4. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back with the biopsy report to a dermatologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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