I have a brown mole on my forehead, which is growing slowly and has increased in size by about 5 to 6 mm. Can it turn malignant?

Q. Can a benign mole on the forehead growing slowly turn malignant?

Answered by
Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 01, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 29 years old having a brown mole or spot on my forehead that has been growing slowly for approximately three years. Now the size has increased around about 5 to 6 mm. I have attached the images of the mole. I consulted a dermatologist when it was smaller in size and had a scheduled follow-up appointment, but for now, I do not want to wait for next month; in the meantime, I wanted to get an opinion. I have a history of melanoma. So I am very anxious. Is there any possibility of having a benign mole that grows at a slower rate, or the growth in the mole was always a sign of malignancy?

Kindly help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

I have gone through the case and the attachment provided. A mole that grows over the years is not malignant. In melanoma, growth is usually rapid. Even days and weeks count. To me, your current mole does not look to be malignant or has not developed any melanoma change. But you need to keep a picture record of your lesion and never hesitate to get an opinion regarding the malignant change. Keep applying any sunblock regularly, and always try to take sun-protective measures.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

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