Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, there are almost 16,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer every year in the UK and each year that number is growing. In the last decade melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by almost half (45%) in the UK. However, if treated, there is a 90% chance of survival, hence why it is so important to check your moles regularly.
Mole mapping is a process where your skin is examined and your individual moles are documented, to help detect any changes in your moles as early as possible. The best mole mapping procedure involves a full body digital photograph and dermoscopy.
Dermoscopy is a non-invasive examination of the surface of the skin, using a microscope, allowing visualisation of the early and very subtle changes of the skin, as a result of the onset of skin cancer.
Mole mapping may be recommended for people who have a higher risk of melanoma, including those with: moles present at birth that can turn into skin cancer, an atypical mole called a dysplastic nevus, a mole that is larger than a nickel, which may have an irregular shape or an uneven colour. Mole mapping can also be offered for those who have a family history of skin cancer and a large number of moles especially if more than 50.
Mole mapping can help identify skin cancers early and, in some cases, reduces the need for biopsies.
Mole mapping, also known as Automated Total Body Mapping (ATBM), involves a specialized computer taking photos of your entire body and then combining these photos into a complete image of your body. This baseline image is then compared to your whole-body photograph during your follow-up visit (usually the next year).
Prior to any surgical or non-surgical procedure being carried out, here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, we will request that you attend a no obligation consultation, skin analysis and medical history check, so that we can advise on the best course of action safely and effectively.
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