2 year old referred for suspicious mole.. Urgent 2 week referral

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I'm new, just needed some advice really, my boy is 2 and has a black mole on his leg, it's started as a freckle and gradually got bigger, then black. I'm so worried, unsure how to add a picture... Does anybody know what will happen at appointment. Thanks

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    Hi lizebeth12,

    I can only comment on my own experience of healthcare in my county of Hampshire, but amsure it would be the same nationwide. I had three suspect moles and was phoned by Dermatology clinic in Basingstoke with appoint ent for a few days later. When I got there I was seen by the specialist who called in the cancer team head and it was decided to remove all three moles for proper biopsy. This was done,painlessly, under local anaesthetic and then stitched up. After two weeks I went back and was told that one mole was malignant melanoma the other two were okay. They took more flesh from the area to make sure the whole malignant melanoma was cleared away, I then had that stitched up. None of this was painful, the most pain was from the injections into my back, probably into muscle rather than flesh. I have been given all cler for now .Good luck.

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    I went about out a month ago, small growth on my, I won't bore you with the details, I knew why i had it and just wanted it removed.

    Went in for my appointment at dermatology, nurse and doctor looked at it. Sent me for blood samples and said I would be back within a month to have it removed under local anaesthetic. they would send it to the lab for checking just to be on the safe side.

    I'm in hospital this Monday morning 9:00 am for my minor op.

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    Thank you both, so we are to expect my son to have it removed or biopsy then on the day?... Least we can be prepared.... Can I ask were yourr moles black?... That's what's worrying me, the colour and that it's been growing. I can't imagine what I will be like if he says it's cancer... Are they able to give you an indication on the day what they think?
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      Usually check up on first hospital appointment, then an appointment to have it done. I suppose if they were worried, they could speed it up, but for me it is very unlikely to be anything to worry about, so I wasn't fussed.

      Mine isn't a mole, but it does contain blood which turns it a dark colour.

      They might say something on the day, but I get the feeling that they wouldn't want to unduly worry a patient and would would say that they need the lab results to comment. Imagine if they said that they were very worried and it turned out to be nothing?

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      Yes, Thank you ur right.... It's worrying enough waiting for appointment, it's come through quick only 7 days wait... He has no moles at all except this mole or growth, on his leg.
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    Hi lizebeth12,

    As I was brought up in a hot climate, East Africa, from 5-12 years old, I am aware of possible cancerous moles. However, about 6 years ago a small patch of skin began to grow on the back of my neck, spotted by my wife, it grew very quickly and I was very worried about it. Plucked up courage to go to gp, only to find out it was an "open ended blood vessel", like a large blister. Told not to worry as it would heal on its own , still there and no bigger but examined by Dermatology and is okay. Not all marks and moles are skin cancer and only 1% are ,apparently, malignant melanoma. Hope all goes well for you all. Mike

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