I've had a pretty small pink/flesh-colored mole on my upper arm for at least all of my adult life. I have a maybe slightly-more-than-average number of moles & skin tags & freckles, as do my mother & maternal grandmother (neither has had skin cancer).
Yesterday I noticed that this particular mole has gotten hard/crusty & dark brown on one side.
I'm freaking out, especially after making the mistake of looking up information on melanoma on the Internet!!
I made an appointment with my dermatologist for Wed. but I can't stop thinking about it. As I got to work this morning I felt like I was on the verge of a full-blown panic attack.
Also, know that I have an abnormal fear of skin cancer. Right when my son was born almost 4 years ago, my neighbor (also a mother of young children) was dying of skin cancer. It was really hard to watch her & her family go through what they did. I suffered at least one severe sunburn when I was a child & have been extremely worried about skin cancer the past few years.
Has anyone been through this waiting game before or have suggestions for coping with waiting. I really want & need to function normally for the next 5+ days but I'm feeling very tight-chested & panicky.