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Can I get a mole removed on the NHS?

The NHS no longer delivers "non-essential" mole treatments, meaning that the majority of mole removal procedures, or the removal of skin 'lumps and bumps' (e.g. warts, verrucae and skin tags), can no longer be administered for free on the NHS.

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Can I get a mole removed on the NHS?

The NHS no longer delivers "non-essential" mole treatments, meaning that the majority of mole removal procedures, or the removal of skin 'lumps and bumps' (e.g. warts, verrucae and skin tags), can no longer be administered for free on the NHS. A mole that is not believed to be life-threatening or cancerous will not generally be removed on the NHS.

For those that are considered cancerous, we recommend that all patients establish the exact length of the expected waiting list with your local NHS Trust. These are unfortunately currently subject to significant delays, due to the disruption caused by the COVID crisis.

How do you get a mole removed on the NHS?

To get a mole removed on the NHS you will need for the GP to diagnose it and refer you to a dermatologist for further inspection. If the mole turns out to be cancerous, the GP will undergo treatment on the NHS. However, if the mole is benign (harmless) then your next option for removal is via surgery through a private clinic.

At the Cadogan Clinic we offer comprehensive advice on surgical treatments regarding mole removal along with accurate diagnosis, individuals wishing to find out more should get in touch with us via the contact form on our website.

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Why is it sometimes better to get a mole seen privately?

It is sometimes better to get your mole seen privately as it can be diagnosed much faster and a solution devised much quicker than when compared to the NHS.

It’s important for any unusual moles to be reported immediately, and the NHS is often unable to see you in a reasonable time frame which can prove vital for mole diagnosis, particularly if it is suspected as cancerous.

Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, treatment for a mole on the NHS may take many months, yet when done privately can be seen to and removed within a matter of hours. Through a private clinic, you can often commence same day surgery with the peace of mind that the problem will be removed quickly and you can return to your daily life.

Should I be concerned about a mole?

You should only be concerned about a mole if you believe it is cancerous, there are a few tell tale signs which show this including a mole that is different shades of colour or a mole that is disfigured and non identical. If it is growing, painful or itchy, you should also get it seen immediately.

For the most part moles are harmless and should be no cause for concern, however if you feel your mole may be cancerous, get in contact with a dermatologist immediately in order for an accurate diagnosis to be made.

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Would I see a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic?

At the Cadogan Clinic you would begin your consultation with a dermatologist who will be able to advise on the appropriate treatment for your mole. After which a plastic surgeon will be able to undergo surgery (if deemed necessary). At the Cadogan Clinic we take pride in our ability to effectively diagnose issues and offer the right solution for the individual. For more information on our treatments or to address any questions or concerns, you may have, get in contact with us via the contact form on our website.

How much is it to get a mole removed in the UK?

Mole removal in the UK can cost anywhere from £500 to £3000, with the average being around £1000 although this highly depends on a number of factors such as the volume and location of moles to be removed, the experience of the Surgeon and size of the mole.

At the Cadogan Clinic we can offer individuals comprehensive advice on their mole and the various treatment plans on offer.


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Moles are small clusters of coloured skin cells, which can form anywhere on the human body. Moles are usually harmless and people can live with them without any complications. However, moles can be cancerous, so if a mole looks suspicious it must be removed for immediate examination under a microscope (histology), to eliminate the risk of it developing further.

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The NHS and NICE guidelines recommend having your moles checked by an expert every six months – at a minimum. If you’ve had a mole removed, it’s every three months.

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