Mole Mapping and Skin Cancer
The last 25 years has seen a very large increase in rates of malignant melanoma in the UK. Malignant melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer and unusually for cancers, there are more cases in women than men. Keeping a close eye on changing moles is one way to reduce mortality from malignant melanoma.
Most of us have moles but it can be difficult to know whether they have changed or not and often it is difficult to see them -on the back or the shoulders for example. At Freedomhealthskin our Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Lucia Pozo-Garcia, Freedomhealth has introduced a brand new state of the art computer-assisted mole mapping and digital photo-dermoscopy surveillance system.
Who should use the Mole Mapping system?
Some people are more at risk of malignant melanoma than others. These include:
- *People with a previous diagnosis of malignant melanoma
- *Those with a large number of moles
- *People with a close family history of malignant melanoma
- *Large moles (greater than 2 inches) or moles which change in texture, colour or level
- *People with light, pale skin
- *Those with new moles *
Which Moles need more attention than others?
As a rough guide, try and keep in mind the A,B,C,D,E rule for monitoring your own moles. Moles with some of the features beneath need to be regarded with suspicion and it is worth considering consulting your doctor or having Mole Mapping with Dermoscopy.
A – Asymmetric moles need caution
B- moles with irregular or blurred Borders should be regarded with suspicion
C- Moles with Colour variation need caution
D- Moles with Diameters greater than a quarter of an inch need observing
E- Elevated moles, especially new elevation, can be suspicious.
So if you are concerned about your moles then get them mapped!