I was wondering if anyone has ever had to have a mole/nevus removed because of suspected melanoma? What occurred to make you alert your Doctor to the mole in question? How long did you wait after becoming suspicious about your mole and actually visiting the Doctor? Had you always checked you moles or had you never thought about it and then discovered something irregular by accident? Have you ever had a suspicious mole change in some way, but on investigation discovered that it was not a melanoma but some other kind of benign phenomenon? Do you have dysplastic moles? What happened after you alerted your Doc, did you have the mole biopsied or did your dermatologist recommend complete removal of the effected tissue? Did you have full excision of the mole or was it shaved instead? If it was melanoma had it effected any other tissues? What was your prognosis? Have you had multiple mole removals or was it just the one?