With the rise in diagnosis of skin cancer in the UK and an increase of 78.2% in predicted cases over the next decade, it is vital that we take a vigilant approach to both sun protection and checking moles on a regular basis.
Whilst most moles are mostly noncancerous, it's important to catch any suspicious ones at the earliest possible stage to reduce unnecessary skin excisions and to increase the chance of cure.
Moles are black or brown growths on the skin which are caused when skin cells, called melanocytes, grow in a cluster rather than being spread throughout the skin. The melanocytes are responsible for making the pigment that gives the skin its natural colour. Moles usually occur during childhood and can darken after exposure to the sun, throughout adolescence and also during pregnancy.
It is common for adults to have anywhere between 10-40 moles, but this number can vary from person to person.
Mole Check at the Cadogan Clinic, is the UK's most comprehensive service for screening, diagnosing and treating skin cancer. With the service being the only Consultant Dermatologist led Mole Check in the UK, patients receive the highest standard of patient care and rapid results. It is also the only mole check of its kind to be approved by the British Skin Foundation.