Mole Mapping

Mole mapping is a screening check of your moles to detect and treat skin cancer early.

What is mole mapping?

Mole mapping is a comprehensive mole check to screen for skin cancer at regular intervals. It uses advanced digital technology to map the moles on your body and record their exact size, colour and location from your head to your toes.

Mole mapping is a safe, non-invasive and straightforward procedure. Beforehand, you be asked to complete a pre-screening questionnaire to identify any risk factors for skin cancer and any areas of concern. We take digital photographs of your moles and store them on a secure computer.

The results of mole mapping:

  • show any moles that present signs of potential malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, and require further examination.
  • are used for comparison to easily identify changing or new moles over time, including any suspected cancerous moles.

Moles that appear unusual are photographed at high-magnification using a digital dermascope. A Consultant Dermatologist will review the photographs to identify any moles with the features of melanoma. We advise you immediately if you have any moles with suspected melanoma. The mole then may be removed and sent for a cancer biopsy test. The reports are always made communicated with your GP unless you do not wish us to do so.

In most cases, melanoma is not found. You are then offered a repeat screen in 6-12 months or sooner if you notice any mole changes in the interim. Your previously stored photographs are used at repeat screenings are a baseline to detect any new of changing lesions.

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