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It is bad when a mole appears out of nowhere?

By Anonymous March 25, 2009 - 9:30pm
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I've recently noticed a mole like spot on the bottom of my foot. I'm not completely sure what it is and I've done some searching on the internet and didn't really find anything. I was curious on what it all could be and what I should do. It's a dark brown color and it's general shape is oval but one side looks as if it's bigger, I guess. I don't really know what to think of it. I'm still a teenager and I don't know if I should confront my dad about it and if I did I wanted to have some information about it. Can you help?

Thank you.

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My dermatologist has removed 3 moles from the bottom and side of my feet. He said the ones on the feet are a concern and should be examined. Better to be safe than sorry. I would have it checked

June 24, 2017 - 8:03pm
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I have a mole on my foot too it appeared three months ago ... I thought it was a a scab or something... I peeled it a week after I noticed it because it felt I was walking on a tiny bubble or something... now it looks the same from the first week i peeled it... Doesn't hurt or anything though ...

March 16, 2015 - 2:49pm
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I have one that has turned up on my foot also.. in the past month. Im 21, a hypochondriac and am really really worrying. I have been to my doctor and she said it doesn't look like its a "bad mole" because of its small size, symetrical oval shape and over all one colour. However because apparently on the sole of my foot is an unusual place I am waiting for my appointment to come through the post to have it looked at properly. I found this thread because I have been at home, heart going mad, reading every single little detail I possibly can about skin cancer, not good! Please let me know how it goes when you have had it checked, and I shall do the same. Good luck !

July 12, 2013 - 2:46am
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Well, I have a mole of the side of my belly. It's black, small, smooth, and it doesn't hurt or anything like that. I was wondering, Is that normal for a mole to be small? Thanks!

November 28, 2010 - 8:59pm
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I have that too ..

July 30, 2016 - 1:12pm

Hi Anon-

I have had moles too, my first at 16 and they are usually nothing to worry about. However, I would talk to your dad about seeing a dermatologist, a skin doctor.

I say this because you said one side of the mole looks bigger, and this would indicate it is not symmetrically. In this case, a dermatologist may want to remove the mole and test it for skin cancer.

I know this may be scary information, especially if you are also concerned about telling your dad, but you need to care for your health and have already taken a great, first step by asking the EmpowHer community for suggestions.

Additionally, even if the mole is benign (not cancerous), if it feels uncomfortable to walk, or is annoying to you, you may want it removed anyway.

In the meantime, if you can, take a picture of your mole and look for any changes. Does it grow? Is the color changing? This will also help a dermatologist, especially if you wait before seeing one.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your mole, I have personally had two removed, and I'm currently monitoring another.

Please, keep us informed and let us know what you decided to do.

Stay positive and continue to advocate for your health!

March 26, 2009 - 1:23pm

Hi, Anon, and welcome to Empowher.

Moles often appear out of nowhere; we are not born with all the many moles we'll have when we're older. The fact that you didn't used to have this mole isn't reason in itself to be concerned.

How big would you say the mole is? As big around as a pencil eraser? Smaller? Larger?

Is it as smooth as the skin around it, or is it raised or bumpy?

Is it all the same color of brown, or are there different shades to it?

Are the colored edges of the mole smooth? Or do they appear raggedy?

And does it cause you any pain, or has it ever itched or bled?

Does it look like other moles you have elsewhere on your body?

Here's a page of images of normal moles and those that are more troublesome:


If your mole is small, smooth, symmetrical, all one color and has never caused you any discomfort, it's probably fine. If it is large, raised or bumpy, has different shades of brown in it, does not have smooth edges or has ever caused you any discomfort, you should probably have it looked at. Most likely there's nothing to worry about, but as a doctor on a good web site says, "If it's something you've looked at twice, it's something to have looked at." Meaning, if it's something you're concerned about, it's worth a look.

Has this been of any help?

And on a personal note, I'm concerned that you feel you have to "confront" your dad about the possibility of a mole that bothers you. Do you think that he wouldn't listen to your concerns?

March 26, 2009 - 10:39am
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