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    Skin cancer?

    Last night I noticed a thing that I've had on my shoulder for years seemed more pronounced the usual. Foolishly I squeezed it, so it's redder than it usually is (typically it's closer to the color of my skin). I'm worried it's skin cancer? I've read that amelanotic melanoma lacks the pigment usually found in other melanomas (they're described as pinkish-looking, reddish, purple, normal skin color or essentially clear and colorless) which has me worried that this could be that? Or a basal cell carcinoma?

    I spent a lot of time in the sun when I was a teenager and am worried the chickens have come home to roost. Not sure if this is anything to be worried about? Again, it's redder than normal because of the irritation. Usually the color is closer to the rest of the skin around it. Am I irrationally freaking out?

    Last edited by venusbluejeans; 16-09-20 at 23:10. Reason: picture removed

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    Re: Skin cancer?

    That looks completely harmless

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    Re: Skin cancer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ubsk View Post
    Am I irrationally freaking out?
    There is a light. There is. Look for it. Look for it shining over your shoulder, on the past. It was light where you went once. It is light where you are now. It will be light where you will go again. ~ Jennifer Worth

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    Re: Skin cancer?

    Get it checked out anyway, then you will have peace of mind.
    If you are one of the lucky souls allowed to enter NZ at this time please remember two things:

    1. We did the hard months in lockdown abiding by rules for you to get here.
    2. No one gives a shit if you prefer white towels or hotels with sea views.
    You're in quarantine for fourteen days ...obey the rules.

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    Re: Skin cancer?

    Thanks everyone! Had made an appointment after posting the thread, and my PCP said it was a seborrheic keratoses and wasn't worried.

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