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Mole mapping and melanoma

Mole Mapping is a screening service for those at risk of or concerned about skin cancer. The service is intended to detect malignant melanoma at the earliest possible stage when it is curable with relatively minor surgery.

Who should consider Mole Mapping?

The service is ideal for people who find it difficult to check their moles or are at increased risk of malignant melanoma. This includes:

  • Large, irregular or numerous moles.
  • Sun-induced skin changes or a history of severe sunburn.
  • Anxiety about the risk of malignant melanoma or concern about several moles.
  • A previous confirmed malignant melanoma.
  • Family members who have had malignant melanoma.
What will happen at my appointment?

To begin with, you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about your moles and any health concerns.

You will be seen by a consultant who will run through your health questionnaire, examine your skin and identify any moles of concern for higher-resolution photographic (dermoscopic) examination.

What will happen after the examination is complete?

This will depend on the level of risk and any concerns about any particular mole.

  • Low risk - the consultant will discuss either self-examination and review or planned annual review depending on which you are most comfortable with.
  • Intermittent risk - the consultant will discuss a planned annual review.
  • Abnormal mole - with some concern. The consultant will discuss removal or monitoring at 3 and 6 month intervals.
  • Abnormal mole - with greater concern. We would advise removal.

Treatment Overview

Combining a calming hospital environment with outstanding patient care so you can recover as quickly as possible.

  • Average procedure duration 30 minutes

  • Covered by health insurance? Yes

  • Can I pay privately? Yes

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