Mole check photos – enhanced level of visible detail
Mole check before and after dermoscopy
Mole check before and after polarised light
Skin cancers are increasing as we live longer and our exposure to the UV light is greater.
Early detection of skin cancer gives the best possible outcomes. The best ways of detecting worrying moles are:
- self checking all areas of your skin every 3 months
- full mole checks by doctors, using thorough techniques and advanced equipment
The key message is that new or changing moles in comparison to all your other moles should be checked out by a doctor especially if you have a mole that looks ‘ugly’ compared to the others.
For peace of mind a 30 minute consultation with one of our skin doctors will hopefully put your mind at rest and give you all the information you need to monitor your moles yourself
Full Body Mole Skin Checks with dermoscopy are £190
Higher risk individuals should undertake yearly mole checks who:
- have more than 50 moles
- family history of melanoma
- history of blistering sunburn
- high UV exposure as a child especially if from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
We have the facilities to remove moles at the same appointment if necessary, or at a later date if preferred.
It is our policy that ALL mole specimens deemed appropriate are sent for testing for patient safety, good clinical practice and ultimate peace of mind. The mole is sent to a specialist laboratory where it is examined by a doctor to ensure all the layers of the skin are normal.
There are two types of skin cancer that often get talked about as one type of skin cancer however they behave quite differently
There is melanoma skin cancer which accounts for 16200 melanoma cases and 2,300 deaths per year in the UK
There is non melanoma skin cancer which accounts for 152,000 skin cancer cases with 720 deaths per year in the UK
From these you can see that melanoma skin cancer if by far the more serious.
Melanoma skin cancer
- Affects adult men women equally ( more commonly found on back in men and legs in women)
- 70% are from new moles
- Timeline – months to years to develop
- Detection – Symptoms – not often Signs – changing in color size and shape – often ulgy and dark but also flat
- Treatment – surgical excision
Non melanoma skin cancer
- The commonest type of skin cancer
- Occurs mainly due to age and chronic sun exposure
- Detection – Symptoms – itch, bleed, painful Signs Red patch or lump that grows over years
- Treatment – photodynamic therapy, surgical excision
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Your mole check questions answered
How often should I have a mole check?
Most people once every few years is fine however if you are in a high risk group ie fair skin, lots of moles and family history then every year maybe prudent.
What are the risk factors for skin cancer?
Risk factors are – fair skin type, lots of moles, family history, episodes of sunburn.
What should I do if I am worried about a mole?
Our advice is simple ‘If in doubt check it out’ and see a doctor for peace of mind.
How do I check my moles myself?
Every 3 months when out of the shower look up and down ALL areas of the skin using a mirror if needed to see if moles look different from other moles or if anything new has developed that looks ugly. Remember its flat dark moles that are the main concern.