What happens during mole mapping?

Can a doctor tell if a mole is cancerous just by looking at it?

Unfortunately, you can’t tell by looking at a mole whether it’s cancerous or what type it is. It could very well be a normal skin spot with an abnormal appearance. A dermatologist can’t always tell the difference either.

What happens at a mole checkup appointment?

You’ll take off all of your clothes and put on a medical exam gown. Your doctor will ask if you have any moles that concern you. Then, they will then look at every inch of your body — from your face, chest, arms, back, and legs to less-visible places like your scalp, between your toes, and the soles of your feet.

How long does a full body mole map take?

A Full Body MoleMap takes up to an hour as it’s our most comprehensive service. A MoleMap Skin Check usually takes around 30 minutes, and you can expect a Full Body Follow-up to take around 45 minutes.

When should you do mole mapping?

People who are at increased risk of melanoma should consider having their moles mapped. This includes anyone with: Large number of moles (more than 50) Moles that are large, or have an unusual colour or shape.

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What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?

Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.

What happens when you see a dermatologist about a mole?

A skin specialist (dermatologist) or plastic surgeon will examine the mole and the rest of your skin. They may remove the mole and send it for testing (biopsy) to check whether it’s cancerous. A biopsy is usually done using local anaesthetic to numb the area around the mole, so you will not feel any pain.

What do moles look like when cancerous?

Melanoma borders tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges, while common moles tend to have smoother, more even borders. C is for Color. Multiple colors are a warning sign. While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan or black.

How long does melanoma take 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.

What do you wear during mole mapping?

If you are having mole mapping (i.e. total body photography), you should wear plain coloured underwear without a pattern.

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.

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Are mole maps worth it?

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.