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    Little black dot on a freckle

    Hello, I just noticed this last night and I started to squeeze it like a zit and poke and prod it with my knife. Now it just aches when I touch it, probably due to my prodding.

    It's about the size in diameter of a piece of led in a pencil and it's situated on a sort of large flat freckle. It's not like a mole, it just looks like black skin, it's not raised up on top of the freckle, but part of it.

    Anyone have any idea what this might be? It doesn't look like a moll at all. but I have no idea what it is either.

    Thanks for any help.
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    Oh, I should also point out that I have tinea versicolor on my chest as well, so I did also wonder if maybe it was something fungus related? I guess the question is, do all skin cancers show up as moles? Or have they been known to show up as spots on a freckle?

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    hi dave Jay, and welcome. I had to remove your photos as it is not possible for anyone to provide a diagnosis or even an educated guess from them and we have a policy of not allowing photos to be posted on this Forum. Regarding your concern, I think you are probably right that you irritated your skin by poking and prodding. My suggestion would be for you to see your doctor if you are concerned. The ideal specialist for interpreting skin issues is a dermatologist.

    Good luck and feel free to keep us posted. Good health,

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    Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnosed September 2012. Mohs surgical excision 09/2012. Successful, clean edges all around.

    Significant progression detected in PET scan - December 2012

    Biopsy to check for transformation 1/18/2013 - negative for that but full of lymphoma, of course.

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    August 2013 - No evidence of transformation, 6 courses of B+R commence 8/29 due to "extensive, systemic disease".

    February 2014 - Diagnostic PET scan states: Negative PET scan. Previous noted hypermetabolic cervical, axillary, iliac and inguinal lymphadenopathy has resolved. Doctor confirms full remission.

    June 2014 - started 2 year maintenance Rituxin, 1 infusion every 3 months. Doctor confirms lump under right arm are "suspicious" for recurrent disease, deferring scans for now.

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    I'm not really looking for a diagnosis and I'm fully aware that people would suggest seeing a doctor simply to cover themselves from any sort of liability, and I'm not overly concerned about it. I plan to wait for a month or so and see what if anything develops with it.

    I'm just wondering, generally speaking is skin cancer known to appear on a freckle? Or is it always a mole?

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    Hi Dave. I guess if a Melanoma was very small, it would look sort of like a freckle. However, closer examination would show that it is actually more like a mole than a freckle. I suppose that a mole (or a Melanoma) could occur on a freckle since a freckle is just skin cells that have more melanin in them.
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    Also, I totally respect the no-photo policy. It's your forum and you can do what you like. However, I think it would be beneficial if you adapt the Policy post to explicitly say something like, "We do not allow photos on the forum because it is not possible for anyone to provide a diagnosis or even an educated guess from them". The current wording implies that the policy is in place to combat spam, but that's clearly not the reason.

    Thank you for any help or advice you can offer.

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    Thanks brainman, maybe it is just a very very small mole =/ I feel like the odds of it coincidentally popping up in the middle of a freckle aren't too good. So maybe it's just a really really flat mole and not a freckle at all. It's just weird, I can't figure it. I'll just watch it and see if anything changes.

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    However, I think it would be beneficial if you adapt the Policy post to explicitly say something like, "We do not allow photos on the forum because it is not possible for anyone to provide a diagnosis or even an educated guess from them". The current wording implies that the policy is in place to combat spam, but that's clearly not the reason.
    A good suggestion, dabejay, I will bring it to the other Moderators and suggest the change.\, thanks for bringing it to our attention. We are all volunteers and try to think of every contingency but, obviously, are all learning on a daily basis. thanks agaiin and be sure to let us know how you make out with the freckle/mole.

    Good health,

    kermica
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    ~Author Unknown

    Age 63
    Follicular lymphoma diagnosed August 08, Stage 1
    2 cycles (20 treatments each) localized radiation to tumor sites. Remission confirmed July 09

    Restaged to Stage 3 May 2010
    Recurrence confirmed May 2010 - Watch and Wait commenced - multiple scans with minimal progression.

    Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnosed September 2012. Mohs surgical excision 09/2012. Successful, clean edges all around.

    Significant progression detected in PET scan - December 2012

    Biopsy to check for transformation 1/18/2013 - negative for that but full of lymphoma, of course.

    July 2013 - Rescan due to progression shows one tumor (among many) very suspect for transformation, another biopsy 8/12/13.

    August 2013 - No evidence of transformation, 6 courses of B+R commence 8/29 due to "extensive, systemic disease".

    February 2014 - Diagnostic PET scan states: Negative PET scan. Previous noted hypermetabolic cervical, axillary, iliac and inguinal lymphadenopathy has resolved. Doctor confirms full remission.

    June 2014 - started 2 year maintenance Rituxin, 1 infusion every 3 months. Doctor confirms lump under right arm are "suspicious" for recurrent disease, deferring scans for now.

    Remember the Rules!

 
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