A mole check is a non-invasive examination or screening of your skin to check for abnormal moles and signs of skin cancer. During a mole check, your dermatologist will visually examine your skin, paying particular attention to any moles or growths. They will evaluate each mole's size, shape, colour, and borders, looking for signs of abnormality or changes.
A mole check aims to identify potential skin conditions, such as skin cancer, at an early stage when treatment is more effective. Protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure can decrease the risk of developing new moles or changing existing ones.
During a mole check, your dermatologist will thoroughly examine your skin to assess any existing moles or spots for signs of potential abnormalities. The process typically involves a visual inspection using a dermatoscope, a handheld device that magnifies the mole for a closer examination.
Your dermatologist will evaluate each mole's size, shape, colour, and borders. If any moles appear suspicious or concerning, a biopsy may be recommended. A biopsy involves the removal of a small sample of the mole for further examination in a laboratory. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis of whether the mole is benign or potentially cancerous.
Regular mole checks are crucial for the early detection of skin cancer and can help identify any changes in moles that require further monitoring or treatment.
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Mole checks primarily aim to detect and diagnose skin cancer, particularly melanoma. However, mole checks can also help identify and address other skin conditions, these are:
If you have any symptoms related to the above conditions, make an appointment with us for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
After a mole check, the results vary on the examination findings. Here are some possible outcomes and what you can expect:
The number of treatment sessions needed for moles or other skin lesions varies depending on several factors, including the type of growth, its size, location, and the treatment method chosen.
In some cases, one treatment session may be sufficient, while in other cases, multiple sessions may be required for complete removal or management.
A mole check is essential because it helps you monitor your skin for any changes in moles that could indicate skin cancer. Early detection is key to successful treatment and regular mole checks can help identify potential issues at an early stage.
You should have a mole check at least annually or biannually, especially if you have a history of skin cancer or a large number of moles. However, it is important to consult with your dermatologist to determine the frequency of mole checks based on your individual risk factors and medical history.
Not all moles are a cause for concern. Moles are harmless and do not require medical attention. However, it is important to monitor your moles for any changes in size, shape, colour, or texture, as these could be signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious changes, it is recommended to consult with a dermatologist for further evaluation.
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