Mole Screening & Checks
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, over 17,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in the UK, that’s 47 every single day and that figure is growing. In the last decade alone melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by almost half (45%). However, if detected and treated early, there is a 90% chance of survival, hence why it’s crucial that you check your moles regularly.
Checking and keeping track of your own moles can be difficult, especially if you have a lot or have moles in hard to reach areas such as the back and shoulders. Our mole screening service offers a great safeguard against skin cancer by catching suspicious moles before they evolve into melanoma. By having your moles checked with a medical professional regularly, especially before or after the summer months, anything new or changing can be easily identified, giving you peace of mind.
How it works
Our mole screening service uses dermatoscope technology to examine the moles on the body very closely and identify any abnormalities. Your doctor will also take medical photographs of any abnormal areas or moles which makes it easier to track changes over time. If your doctor discovers a mole that appears unusual or requires further examination, they may refer you onto a dermatologist for further checks.
GET IN TOUCH
If you would like to find out more about our mole screening service, make an enquiry (link) with the Illuminate Skin Clinic team for an initial consultation with a GP. Alternatively, click the button below to book a consultation.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.
Time required for treatment
The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes depending on the number of moles you require checking.
Time until results seen
Number of treatments required
Although moles are often harmless, occasionally, they can be a sign of cancer and we recommend having your moles checked by a medical professional annually to keep track of any changes.
If you have further questions about this treatment, please call us on
0330 1331 272
How will I know if a mole is suspicious?
Most people have moles on their body that remain perfectly fine throughout their lifetime, however, if you notice that a mole has started to change in any way, it’s wise to have it checked by a medical professional to ensure it’s not cancerous. The key changes to look for are those to its shape, size or colour as well as if it develops symptoms such as itching, tenderness or bleeding.
What happens during a mole screening appointment?
Your appointment will begin with a consultation before moving onto a full clinical examination. Your doctor will closely examine your moles using a specialised magnifying glass called a dermatoscope which provides high-resolution images of each mole.
Your doctor will also take medical photographs of the areas during your screening. This helps to keep a record of the exact size, colour and location of all the moles on your body and track any changes where necessary.
What happens if a suspicious mole is detected?
If your doctor decides that you should be referred, or a biopsy is required, we will provide an immediate medical referral to a local dermatologist, or your GP.
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