Hi all, just looking to read similar experiences for a bit of reassurance I guess. I had a strange mole suddenly appear on my lower leg. I was not initially worried about it but I did mention it to my doctor at an appointment I had made for a separate issue. It was removed a few days later and tested. Silly me consulted Dr Google and after not bothering about it at first, I went straight to thinking the worst and suspected it could be melanoma. Thankfully it wasn’t, although I was told it was Bowen’s disease which is early form of skin cancer. I am left a bit shocked as I don’t share many of the risk factors associated with this form of skin cancer - I am only 29, I have dark skin, eyes and hair (Filippino background), I don’t spend a great deal in the sun (I rarely go to the beach and I’m mostly indoors for work), I have no family history of skin disease etc. While I was told mostly not to worry and from what I’ve read, it seems I am truly lucky since it could be much worse, I can’t help but feel worried. What’s more, the pictures and description of Bowen’s disease I’ve seen don’t quite match the mole I had removed. I keep thinking maybe they have misdiagnosed it and it was something more sinister? I have read up on modular melanoma and have myself thinking maybe it’s that (the pictures look more like the mole I had). Or perhaps I am sensationalising things due to my fear? Should I be seeking a second opinion? Can anyone share their experiences of skin cancer? I am really anxious and a bit confused. Many thanks
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