Q. Is the mole on my back normal or related to melanoma?

Answered by
Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 13, 2018

Hello doctor,

I have this mole on my back. I think it has been there for a while. My GP took one look at it and declared completely benign. I was wondering what sort of mole it is? Is it worrying? I used sunbeds frequently for about a year when I was younger. Never since.

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Dermatology Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Most likely it is a benign melanocytic nevus (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The worrying signs are a sudden change in colour, a sudden increase in size and shape. If you want to confirm whether it is benign or not, you can go for dermoscopy (noninvasive technique), skin biopsy.


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Hi doctor,

Thank you so much for your reply. Is that basically just a common mole? Or does that one look atypical? I found old photos I had taken of moles nearly two years ago. Think I found one of the moles in question. It has not changed. I think it was just the dark center that panicked me.

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Dermatology Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I feel it looks like normal melanocytic nevus which is benign at present but you are the one who can judge this as you have been seeing from a long time. If still, you are in doubt, you can go for dermoscopy which is a non-invasive technique which helps in differentiation.


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