mole check

What is a mole check?

 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.

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Moles are checked using the following:
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How do mole checks work?

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.

Benefits of a mole check

  • Early detection of skin cancer
  • Preventive care
  • Education and awareness
  • Treatment planning
  • Improved prognosis

Make an appointment with us today for an accurate assessment of your moles.

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What conditions can mole check treat?

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:

    • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): a common type of skin cancer that most often develops on skin that is exposed to the sun. 
    • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): the second most common form of skin cancer that develops on sun-damaged skin and chronically inflamed skin. 
    • Dysplastic nevi: a type of mole that may have an increased risk of developing into melanoma.
    • Benign moles: benign moles should be monitored to ensure that they are not growing or changing in appearance.

If you have any symptoms related to the above conditions, make an appointment with us for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

What results can I expect?

After a mole check, the results vary on the examination findings. Here are some possible outcomes and what you can expect:

  • Normal results: there are no concerning signs of skin cancer or other significant skin conditions.
  • Suspicious or atypical findings: further evaluation or monitoring may be recommended. This can involve a biopsy or more frequent follow-up appointments.
  • Referral for treatment: if a mole or skin lesion is identified as a potential skin cancer or other significant condition, you may be referred to a dermatologist or skin specialist for further assessment and appropriate treatment.
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How many treatment sessions are needed?

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.


Why is a mole check important?

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.

How often should I have a mole check?

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.

Are all moles a cause for concern?

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.


What does a contact allergy look like?
Skin rashes, hives, itchiness, redness, burning, swelling, and tenderness could be symptoms of a contact allergy, especially after coming into contact with a particular substance.
How do you relieve contact allergies?
Applying anti-itch creams and taking anti-itch medications, cold compresses, cool baths, and avoiding the particular substance that causes the allergy can all provide relief for contact allergies.
How long does it take to treat contact allergies?
Upon avoiding the contact allergen, symptoms typically clear up in 2-4 weeks. However, it depends on the individual and treatment plan.
Are contact allergies contagious?
No, contact allergies are not contagious and will not spread to other people.



Dr Uma Alagappan is a MOH accredited consultant dermatologist in private with more than 15 years experience as a medical doctor. She sub-specialises in paediatric dermatology, women’s dermatology and general dermatology. Dr Uma’s interests include chronic eczema, food allergy and immunodermatology. She is also well versed with the use of lasers for treating paediatric and adult patients.
Dr Uma completed her dermatology training in Changi General Hospital and National Skin Centre in 2015. She joined KKH Dermatology Service to subspecialize in paediatric dermatology in 2017. She was awarded the Ministry of Health Manpower Development Plan Award in 2019 to pursue paediatric immunodermatology and allergo-dermatology in the renowned Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, USA. Upon her return, she spearheaded a number of clinics at KKH including the food allergy eczema clinic for the paediatric eczema patients, immunodermatology clinics and the psychology eczema multi-disciplinary clinics.
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