The advent of microscopic digital photography for recording and comparing mole patterns is significant. Mole mapping in our London clinics is based on visual, accurate documentation, far better than relying on paperwork, or still images.
Dedicated software flagging up issues can help, although the real advantage lies in information available to our consultant dermatologists. They are there to review every session in detail and bring their experience to bear.
Whilst skin cancer is increasing, treatment has advanced at an equal rate. Often straightforward following early detection and mole mapping is the best route known to ensure this.
Detecting Key Changes
To illustrate how new moles can be picked up by monitoring change over time, we chose images of a clear case. The technology we use can however pick up variations which are barely perceptible to the naked eye.
New moles in adulthood shouldn’t be an immediate concern, although they can be an indicator of cancerous growth. They deserve to be checked by a specialist, who can also assess change in size, shape, or colour of existing moles.
Moles can be flat, or raised, rough, or smooth and vary in colour, from almost invisible, to dark brown. Most moles are harmless and often appear at birth, or in childhood but keeping an eye on them is still important.
Worth repeating how valuable early skin cancer detection is to the ultimate outcome. Mole mapping can pick up a range of skin conditions, which could become unsightly, uncomfortable, or dangerous.
Occasionally, moles can develop into malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer which should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Moles developing in adulthood, or a family history of skin cancer are indicators but nobody is immune.
A Friendly Procedure
Visiting our London clinics for mole mapping is straightforward. This starts with an initial, half hour screening. Your results are studied by a consultant dermatologist, who will meet with you for a private consultation.
If there are no abnormalities, an appointment can be made for your next screening. A visit every six to twelve months is fine in most cases.
The total body scan will have mapped all the moles on your body, creating a digital image which is recorded alongside information from you. This will include any symptoms, such as changes observed, itchiness, tenderness, or other concerns you have.
After each scan, the images are instantly compared with previous images to detect patterns, even the slightest change. This provides high accuracy for identifying melanomas, or other conditions and helps avoid unnecessary treatment of innocent moles.
Long Term Security
Incidentally, your images and details are encrypted, so they are secure but the real need we have in mind is the security of your health.
If abnormal symptoms are picked up, mole mapping will have ensured this happened at a quite early stage and an effective treatment plan can be put in place. Most abnormal mole removal is by simple excision.
Treatment is carried out by consultant dermatologists. The service we provide is part of our overall support as a leading London dermatologist. Our mole clinic is simply one important aspect of providing lifetime care.
We see mole mapping as a partnership with you, monitoring your wellbeing over the years, offering peace of mind as well as expertise. Should any issues occur, there is ample time to discuss options carefully.
Patient Care & Support
Any change in a mole is important, perhaps where one suddenly differs from others. Picking up these changes is vital, although monitoring moles does bring other advantages.
We get to know you, experienced dermatologists are keeping a close eye on your long term health. You can discuss any concerns about your skin and our staff have the opportunity to spot issues beyond moles.
Skin cancer treatment at our London clinics, including mole mapping, should be about prevention of developing conditions, as well as cure. Safeguarding health is part of caring for and supporting people.
To arrange a visit, just click on the Make An Appointment button below. You can choose from North, or central London clinics and the time of day you wish to attend. We look forward to meeting you.