Removing Your Mole – What Are You Waiting For?

I was on a plane last week sitting next to a young guy who had a nevus (mole) on the back of his hand between his thumb and index finger.  It was not small.  It looked completely benign, not pigmented, and slightly pedunculated (kind of mushroom shaped). I wondered how often he snagged it on his pocket, or when putting on a glove.  It had likely been there for years, maybe his whole life.  I wondered what probably everyone else wondered: “Dude, why don’t you get rid of that thing?!”

Removing a mole like that and putting in 3 or 4 stitches to close the incision would take me about 3 or 4 minutes.  The worst part would be the anesthetic injection at the beginning.  The cost would be minimal (and might be covered by insurance, including getting a pathological diagnosis).

He seemed like he wanted to rest, so I didn’t pry into why he clung to his mole.  Do you have a mole that is maybe “less-than-attractive”?  Get rid of it!

Douglas Mackenzie, MD

 

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Douglas J. Mackenzie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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