I have some anxiety about melanoma - I'm someone who fits the description of someone who is at high risk. I see my dermatologist (she is PA at a dermatology office) at least once a year - for skin checks and other non-related skin issues.
I've got an appointment in a month. I have a spot that concerns me, although I don't believe it's changed in the last five years. I have pictures and its been there at least 4-5 years. I just recently started questioning it - I had two kids in the last 6 years so I've been adjusting to a lot of skin changes on my stomach. Everything seems to have gone almost back to normal except this one spot. It is around a mole but doesn't look necessarily like part of the mole - almost like very light tan discolored skin around/near it.
Anyway, I have an appointment in a couple of days with my GP for non-skin related issues. I'm wondering if I should show him this spot and ask him to biopsy it, or wait another month and ask the same of my dermatologist. I'm concerned that he might cause me more anxiety if he comments that it should have come off long ago or something, although I've had several skin checked with my dermatologist in the last few years.
Long story short - should I wait for the dermatologist appointment? Or ask my GP? I feel like this isn't urgent because the mole hasn't changed, although the skin around it does look different than the rest of my skin and it just concerns me.
Thanks so much.
GP or Dermatologist