Is mole mapping effective?

Is it worth getting a mole map?

Dermatologists agree that mole mapping can save both lives and money, as it helps specialists to detect deadly melanomas earlier, reducing the need for invasive surgery, expensive cancer treatments and palliative care.

How often should you get mole mapping done?

There’s a good reason we recommend having a MoleMap every year. That’s because around half of melanomas are new and don’t come from an existing mole1 — however, the earlier we detect something new or changing, the better the outcome.

Can you have a MoleMap when pregnant?

Mole mapping is completely safe for everyone, including pregnant women, as it involves photography. We supply you with a dignity gown so you will remain covered as much as possible throughout the consultation.

What happens at Mole mapping?

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).

What is the purpose of skin mapping?

Skin Mapping lets you photograph the four largest areas of your skin. The computer then identifies and highlights the moles and marks that it can find on the skin. Subsequent photos can then be compared side by side by you with some of your moles and marks highlighted for visual support.

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Who needs mole mapping?

A Full Body MoleMap is essential if you’re higher risk, have a lot of moles or if you or a family member have had melanoma. If you’re low to moderate risk (check your risk), have one or two moles that need checking, or want a lower-cost option, you might prefer a MoleMap Skin Check.

At what age should you get your moles checked?

There is no set age for regular skin checks to begin or how often they should occur, said Jenny Nelson, MD, a dermatologist with Avera Medical Group Dermatology Sioux Falls. “I’ve had 20-year-olds who’ve had scary moles,” Nelson said. “There is no universal age.

Do moles go away after pregnancy?

Usually, new moles that appear during pregnancy are harmless. They often go away after your baby is born.

How long does it take for melanoma to spread?

Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as 6 weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun. Nodular melanoma is a highly dangerous form of melanoma that looks different from common melanomas.