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Mole on aerola, hard, painful, bleeding, dark color. Concerned?

Am a 60 yr old male in otherwise excellent health. Have a small mole-like growth on edge of one areola. It is hard to touch, like a small grain of sand. painful if rubbed. small amount of bleeding (very small) when irritated. does not feel like anything deep (ex. a lump); more a hard pimple (but is not a pimple or blackhead). No hair or follicle that I can see either. Color is slightly darker than my areola which is a light tan/brown. I don't know how long it's been there, but I became concious of it about a week ago when it was irritated by the rubbing of it when I was soaping it in shower. I have not noticed any growth since I became aware of it, but then, it's only been a week or so. Should I be concerned, follow up with my MD (I had my annual physical several months ago, and this was not an issue then).
Asked On : Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to HealthcareMagic.

It appears from your query that you have a growing mole. Moles per say are not problematic thing but whenever we see certain important things then are the warning signs:
1. Any itching or pain over the area of Mole
2. Any kind irregular borders in mole.
3. Any variegated ( different) colors you observed in your mole.
4. Any increase in size of mole ( more than pencil tip).

So if you find any of above enumerated changes or anything unusual in it then it is better to consult a dermatologist at the earliest for best possibility of mole.
Hope these informations will help.

With good health wishes"
Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
Answered: Sat, 8 Jun 2013
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