Our team of leading Dermatologists and Melanographers have 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 Warkworth skin clinic combines leading technology and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
How do you recognise cancerous moles?
While a common mole can become cancerous, it is rare. Common moles are usually smaller than five millimetres, they are perfectly evenly shaped and have a single colour. You should not expect a mole which has been around for quite some time to become dangerous. However, if it starts changing, you should go see a doctor.
On the other hand, not all abnormal moles turn into skin cancer. Abnormal moles are pre-cancerous, but they are definitely not cancer. In fact, most of them never become cancerous. Dermatologists recommend that they are monitored and removed only in case they pose serious danger.
It is also interesting to note that some skin cancer moles do not match all ABCDE criteria that is used to visually detect moles of concern.
A - is for Asymmetry
B - is for Boarders that are irregular
C - is for Colour that is uneven
D - is for Diameter larger than 6 millimetres
E - is for Evolving
The reality is that some moles of concern are perfectly round and not asymmetric. You can also find some with fairly smooth edges and even colour, and it is even possible for a dangerous mole to fade into the skin. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from cancerous moles is to get regular screenings.