Mole Removal : Understanding how to check moles
We all have moles and they’re uselessly harmless. However on occasion, a mole may change or evolve, it’s important to get any changing moles checked out.
What are moles?
A mole is a coloured and small spot on the skin. They’re often oval-shaped or
round with a smooth edge or they can be flat or raised and have different
textures. You may also find that some moles are darker than others and can have hair growing out of them.
Changes to moles can indicate skin cancer. A good way to track moles is to
undergo mole mapping. Mole mapping uses a specialist technology system that combines photography with a digital dermatoscopy. This means it’s possible to map all your moles on your body and spot any changes over time so you don’t have to.
This is particularly good for those hard to see areas. Many of us have moles on our backs and shoulders, as this area generally gets a fair bit of sun in the summer it’s important to track the moles in this area. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest of areas to see, which is why mole mapping is a great way to make sure you don’t miss any changes.
If you’re interested in Mole mapping, we are one of the very few clinics in the UK that offer this service. We can perform a full-body mole mapping service to give you peace of mind- Scientifically proven approach in early detection of the most aggressive skin cancer- melanoma.
What changes do I look out for?
It’s important to book an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice:
- A mole that gets larger or more raised from the skin
- Changes to the shape
- If the mole looks uneven
- Any changes to the colour. (Particularly if it gets darker or has more than 2 colours)
- Have a mole that starts itching, crusting, flaking or bleeding
What if it’s Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and is split into two categories. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of a mole, please contact us for a
consultation where we can identify, diagnose and excise any suspicious moles,
but most importantly, give you peace of mind from a dermatologist you can trust.
With any time of cancer, it’s important that you get them checked out early as
early diagnosis leads to early intervention and better prognosis.
The type of treatment you have will depend on the type of skin cancer diagnosed.
We offer fast-track appointments to ensure immediate diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
There are different treatments available and the type of treatment you have will
depend on the mole, the severity of the cancer, location etc. If you’d like to have a mole checked, or even removed for your own peace of mind, please contact us.