Our friendly North Shore team based in Northcote has been detecting and diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers for over two decades.
Mole checks and skin cancer checks are all we do, and we do them thoroughly.
The MoleMap North Shore skin clinic located at Northcote combines a proven skin-mapping system and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
Watch our video so you know what to expect when you come to MoleMap – and feel free to call us if you have any questions.
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Recommended for Year 2 and beyond. We compare any changes in your skin against the baseline created during your Full Body MoleMap.
What to look for during a mole check
Skin cancer usually develops with too much exposure to the sun without adequate protection. It manifests itself in many ways, but most people are familiar with melanoma, which along with basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma is one of the three major types of skin cancer. The earlier you detect any potential problems with your skin, the better chance you have of successfully treating your condition. That is why as well as being part of a mole check screening program, we recommend you conduct your own mole check regularly.
It is important that you know what to look for when you try to detect any instance of skin cancer by doing your own mole check. For instance, melanoma can develop anywhere on the body but is most likely to occur on the head, neck and trunk of men. For women, it usually appears on the lower legs. Also, you can find signs of melanoma on parts of the body that are not exposed to the sun. Signs of this particular kind of skin cancer can include small lesions that have irregular borders along with portions that look blue, blue-black, red or white. A large brownish spot with darker speckles can also be a sign of melanoma. Moles that change colour, shape or texture and/or bleed may also be a symptom. Dark lesions on the fingertips, palms, soles or toes can also be a sign of melanoma.
You can also look for signs of other kinds of skin cancer when you are doing your mole check. For example, a firm and red nodule or a flat lesion that has a crusted and scaly surface can be a sign of squamous cell carcinoma. Bumps that are pearly or waxy and flat, flesh-coloured or brown lesions that resemble scars may be basal cell carcinoma. Both these conditions are most likely to occur in areas of the body exposed to the sun. Along with potential symptoms of skin cancer, it is also helpful to know who is most likely to develop it. People with lighter skin tones are more likely to develop it than people with darker skin tones. If you have a family or personal history with cancer, you may also be more at risk. It is also most likely to develop with age and a weakened immune system.
This is the great thing about having an existing MoleMap medical record; any mole check follow-up visits will enable us to keep an eye out for subtle changes that could indicate early melanoma. This technique also confirms when moles are stable and this helps keep unnecessary removal of unharmful lesions to a minimum.