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    Pinkish lump on scalp

    Hey guys,

    Well... Iím not exactly new here but itís (thankfully) been a few months since my last breakdown.

    Anyway, today Iíve been running my fingers through my hair and I felt this weird lump. Cancer of any kind is, obviously, a big fear of mine so I immediately grabbed my phone and ran to a mirror to check. I found this VERY suspicious looking yellow/skin colored/pink lump. I thought, ďmaybe itís just a wartĒ but I took a picture of it and it has hair growing out of it (i donít think warts have hair growing out of them) and it also doesnít look dry. On the picture it looks almost shiny but it could just be so because of the flash. Fast forward a few minutes and I just couldnít resist googling and now Iíve been freaking over and crying and planning my funeral, basically.
    Iím convinced itís some type of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma or even melanoma and I just canít handle myself right now. The worst part is that I remember a few months back maybe even a year iím not sure but definitely a long while back, Iíve scratched this exact spot and a flaky skin thing came of and it even bled a little and I just shrugged it off as a pimple or something. Now looking back, why wasnít I more careful? I should have gotten it checked out right away. It doesnít itch or bleed or feel flaky right now but maybe itís just really progressed? Most pictures of skin cancer Iíve looked up look similar to what I carry around on my head right now and itís gotten me crazy worried.

    Hereís the link of the picture of my lump, https://i.imgur.com/hVUuT6l.jpg

    I know no one here can diagnose me but I guess Iím just looking for reassurance, someone who is dealing or has dealt with the same thing and it turned out to be nothing sinister. Iím just scared, guys.
    Last edited by itsmaliasheart; 24-05-20 at 16:32.

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    Re: Pinkish lump on scalp

    It's almost certainly a mole or a wart.

    However, I neglected a basal cell carcinoma on my forehead for five years and getting it fixed wasn't a big deal. I know you're afraid, but I'm seriously so frightened of medical stuff I once broke my elbow and didn't get help.

    Get it looked at for your own peace of mind, but I'd lay money on it not being anything to worry about.
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    Re: Pinkish lump on scalp

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIris View Post
    It's almost certainly a mole or a wart.

    However, I neglected a basal cell carcinoma on my forehead for five years and getting it fixed wasn't a big deal. I know you're afraid, but I'm seriously so frightened of medical stuff I once broke my elbow and didn't get help.

    Get it looked at for your own peace of mind, but I'd lay money on it not being anything to worry about.

    Hi!

    First of all, thank you so much for your comment. You donít even know it, but reading it has calmed me down a lot and Iíve been coming back to it and re-reading it every time I stared worrying about it.

    However, today itís a bit harder for me, I donít know why. Yesterday I didnít even look at the growth and I felt fine but today I just HAD to take a look to ďmake sure it didnít change appearanceĒ but I know I was just gonna drive myself crazy looking at it. I even asked my grandpa to take a look and he just went like ďI already looked at it, itís a wart, stop messing with itĒ and heís right but I just canít shake the possibility that it is cancerous. Iíve been reading stories where people thought it was a wart but it turned out to be cancer. Iím 22 and obviously I went on to read stories about people my age getting diagnosed with it. I looked up pictures of what cancer would look like and I compare it to how mine looks and I just find it so similar and then I spin out of control because what else could it be? Itís shiny and pinkish, itís got hair growing out of it.
    And to top it all off, my friendís uncle just recently had surgery to remove cancerous growths from his head and I just canít stop thinking I also have a cancerous growth on my head.

    Anyway, thank you if youíre still reading and Iím sorry for rambling.

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    Re: Pinkish lump on scalp

    Hey, you.

    Dropping you a PM now.
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    Re: Pinkish lump on scalp

    Hey!

    I thought I would post an update for anyone dealing with the same thing.

    I went to my GP about three weeks ago and showed her the moles Iím worried about, including this one dude on my scalp. She told me sheís absolutely not worried about it but will refer me to a dermatologist because Iím pale and because she can tell Iím worried. She referred me under ďfastĒ but explained itís only because Iím so worried - normally she would refer me under ďnormalĒ and Iíd have to wait months on months for an appointment. Anyway, fast forward a week and I had my dermo appointment. Turns out the mole on my head is absolutely harmless, my dermatologist even offered to burn it off in autumn if Iím still worried about it (he said heíd only burn off something if heís 100% itís harmless so...). He also told me that heíd like to remove my biggest and weirdest mole. Itís on my boob, about 10x8mm, multicolored and slightly raised but has stayed the same for as long as I can remember. Iíve been VERY worried about this one as well because itís so different and weird, however, my dermatologist looked at it with the magnifying tool and told me it doesnít look suspicious to him at all and only wants to remove it because itís ďaesthetically unpleasingĒ. My removal appointment is in August.

    Iíve been a little spooked that my boob mole is cancerous, not gonna lie, especially because Iíve read that people had their melanoma looked at through the magnifying tool and been told all looks well. Has anyone had a fairly big, raised and multicolored mole turn out benign?


    Also the most important thing for me, personally, my GP gave me a referral to a therapist and Iím very relieved, happy and excited to start therapy again and hopefully get my health anxiety under control. In the last few weeks Iíve diagnosed myself with melanoma, breast cancer, esophagus cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma and cervial cancer. Itís been tiring and Iíve honestly thought Iím never going to be happy again. My family and friends are the most supportive people I could imagine and Iím so incredibly thankful for them but I know my health anxiety puts a strain on all my relationships and I just donít want to give it that power anymore.

    Anyway, thatís all about my update! Hope everyone reading this is doing alright and hopefully refuses to let health anxiety get the best of them, x

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