Preventative Tips, Skin Checks

Using the Record of Your Skin

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Posted 02/10/13

Having a comprehensive medical record of your skin helps MoleMap’s specialists keep a closer eye on your skin and lesions. Here’s some insight into how it helps:

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 helps our dermatologists identify new lesions that might indicate skin cancer.

Serial Monitoring of Moles
Studies have shown that microscopic monitoring of moles over time helps identify more melanomas. Why? Basically because the universal truth about melanoma is change. Monitoring lesions over time enables the dermatologist to identify subtle changes that might indicate the early signs of melanoma skin cancer. Here are a couple of good examples of digital serial monitoring:

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This lesion was imaged only three months apart but showed enough structural change to warrant its excision. It was diagnosed as an in-situ melanoma (in-situ = non invasive i.e. a very good prognosis).

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This relatively benign looking mole was imaged over successive 12 month periods and the observed growth was enough to warrant its excision. It was also diagnosed as an in-situ melanoma.

These two examples highlight the importance of having regular MoleMaps to help keep on top of your melanoma risk. So, if its been a while since you last had a MoleMap or you’re concerned about a mole or lesion then don’t delay being checked by the experts in the field of melanoma skin cancer. Phone 0800 MOLEMAP or book online now.