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Cancer: Skin Message Board

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May 9, 2004
Hello all,

I'm a 17 year old female and I'm concerned about a mole that I have on my neck. This mole has been present for a long time (probably since I was about 10 years old). It's about the size of a pencil eraser and it has a slightly rough surface. Well, I tend to have a nervous habit of picking at it alot. I have long fingernails and when I was picking at it the other day it started to bleed and it seems as if I had dug into the surface a little bit. I read on the internet that if a mole bleeds it's a cause for concern... well I'm not sure if by bleeding they mean bleeding because of trauma (i.e. picking at it) or ijust bleeding and scabbing sporadically (it has never done that before). Also, a small scab formed over the part where I had picked at it. Any input would be greatly appreciated. In either case, I think that I will have a doctor look at it soon and possibly get it removed. Also, I always wear sunscreen, though I have gotten sunburned before when I was younger and I do have fair skin and blonde hair. My mom and dad both have moles but none of them have ever been cancerous, so I don't know if having moles is genetic or not? (Just thought I'd give you all some history)


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