The three diagnostic tools that are routinely used by MoleMap’s specialist dermatologists to aid their diagnoses are:
Dermoscopy: this technique combines high magnification + high light intensity to penetrate the first layer of skin to see diagnostic features of moles that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This technique has been clinically proven to be significantly more accurate than naked eye alone.
Serial Monitoring: The universal truth about melanoma is change. Serial monitoring of moles is therefore a useful tool for helping identify melanomas – melanomas that could potentially be overlooked during a routine point-in-time skin examination.
Total Body Photography: Did you know that roughly 50% of all melanomas first appear on unmarked skin i.e. not in pre-existing moles? The use of Total Body Photography creates a baseline of your skin and therefore helps specialists identify both new and changing lesions that might indicate melanoma skin cancer.
Only MoleMap routinely uses all three of these techniques in its world recognised melanoma detection and surveillance programme for all of its patients. Combine this with the skills of specialist dermatologists and a one hour initial consultation and you’ve got a very thorough and accurate procedure. All designed to help diagnose melanoma at an early stage. Like most cancers, the earlier melanoma is detected the better the prognosis.
Note: No melanoma surveillance programme can claim to be 100% accurate and as such MoleMap is not a complete substitute for a clinical examination. It is important to continue seeing your doctor or specialist for regular skin checks especially if you are at high risk of developing melanoma.