Skin Checks, Melanoma Awareness, Skin Cancer
Melanoma is fast growing and the most life-threatening of skin cancers1 – and it’s hard to spot check with the naked eye. So if you have one or two moles you’re concerned about, it pays to get it checked as soon as possible.
That’s why MoleMap offers FREE spot checks of up to three moles within 12 months of having a Full Body Molemap or Full Body Follow-Up appointment (note it’s not included with a MoleMap Skin Check).
This means that if you notice any changes in your skin or moles between appointments – or if you’re worried about a particular mole – you can simply book a time to pop back in and get it professionally checked against the baseline created at your first appointment. You also get the reassurance that any moles of concern are checked by a Melanographer (a trained skin cancer nurse) and double-checked by an expert Dermatologist.
But is a spot check thorough enough?
Some skin cancer detection services offer free spot checks of just one to two moles of concern. While these spot checks are certainly better than no checks at all, a spot check shouldn’t take the place of a comprehensive, head-to-toe check by skin cancer experts every year, such as a Full Body MoleMap. This is especially important if you have a medium to high melanoma risk (take our quick risk quiz to check your risk factor).
Because your skin is always changing, a Full Body MoleMap (or Follow-Up) is designed to track those changes and detect melanoma in its early stages – when it’s most treatable. Our Melanographers are detecting and diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers day in and day out, so they know exactly what to look for.
What’s more, today’s advanced technology goes below the surface to detect skin cancers much earlier than visual checks. Using a dermatoscope and a high-tech camera, MoleMap’s Melanographers (trained skin cancer nurses) can look deep inside a mole’s structure to help detect melanoma in its early stages – when it’s most treatable.
What about the spot that you didn’t spot?
While we recommend that you regularly self-check your skin at home (ideally every three months), it’s important to remember that early-stage melanoma is very difficult to detect with an untrained eye.
Remember, even if you’ve noticed one mole that concerns you, there’s a risk that you might not spot another - potentially more dangerous - mole somewhere else on your body. That’s why having regular, professional skin checks are so vital.
If you think a spot has changed in size, shape or colour – or just feels different – don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 665 362.
Book with MoleMap today.
1. Health Promotion Agency and the Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) 2017: New Zealand Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Early Detection Strategy 2017 to 2022.