Hi everyone, sorry for the sock, but this is embarrassing for me.
I have a mole (or two, one is very tiny) on my vulva that seems suspicious. They're on the inside of my left labia majora. The larger one is very dark – nearly black. They're right next to each other, making them look like a tiny vampire bite.
I thought I had noticed in the shower yesterday that it had gotten bigger, but that was only by feel, not sight. When I got out of the shower and examined it, it seemed the same size as it has been. I'm pretty sure I haven't had it my whole life, but I can't be sure. I think I first noticed it a year or two ago, and as far as I know, it hasn't changed since I first saw it other than the shower situation which might have been nothing. I wish I had taken pics of it when I first found it to compare, but it didn't cross my mind until now.
It's perfectly round, alarmingly dark as I mentioned (unlike other moles on my body) and it's a bit sore right now, but that could be because I've been moving it around a bit trying to see it better.
I have an appointment with my GP in a few hours to get it checked out, but it's making me nervous. Any insight would be really appreciated. There's a history of lung cancer in my family, but not skin cancer. I've researched Vulvar cancer and know that it's pretty rare, especially for someone my age (30) but I just need some reassurance. I don't tan at all, and I'm very fair-skinned.
I've been in the hospital for a week so I'm not very trimmed down there, should I gently trim/shave to make it easier for my doctor to see or does that matter? Can he remove it and send it off for study, or do GPs generally refer cases like this to dermatologists?
Thanks for any thoughts.
UPDATE! I went to the doctor, and oddly enough, it's a swollen blood vessel! Sort of like a hemorrhoid. That's why it's so black, I noticed that it was actually a bluish color when he put a light directly on it. I feel so much better, and I had no idea that a swollen vessel looked and felt like that! He's referring me to a dermatologist just in case, but it's not even a mole, so that's great. Now I'm just wanting to get that blood vessel to calm down.