Mole & Skin Cancer

We are all becoming increasingly aware of the risks posed by sun damage to the skin, as well as the need to protect our skin in day-to-day life. However, statistically skin cancer is on the rise, with Cancer Research UK recently highlighting a tripling in the incidence of malignant melanomas among 18-34 year olds. Experts recommend we all have regular mole checks, to identify and, if necessary, remove any suspicious moles.

There are many different signs to watch out for if you think a mole or freckle may be cancerous. If they are getting bigger, the colour or shape is changing, they are sore and itchy or if it begins to bleed. 

Below is a helpful checklist you can go through at home, but it’s always recommended to book in with a doctor if you have any changes to your moles or freckles.  

ABCDE Mole Checklist

+ Asymmetrical: Melanomas that are an irregular shape and have two different halves.
+ Border: Melanomas with a ragged boarder.
+ Colours: Melanomas that have a mix of two or more colours.
+ Diameter: Melanomas that are larger than 6mm (1/4) in diameter.
+Evolution: A mole which has changed in size or shape over time.

Mole Check treatments at the Cadogan Clinic

Cancer is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition, so taking swift, preventative measures is vital. 

Here at the Cadogan Clinic, our expert consultant dermatologists offer a range of treatments, and one of the most comprehensive services in the UK

+ Mole mapping
+ Cryotherapy
+ Mohs surgery
+ Mole and skin cancer screening
+ Mole removal
+ Photodynamic therapy
+ Skin cancer and melanoma treatment
+ Quick, comfortable removal at the Cadogan Clinic

Mole Check at the Cadogan Clinic is run by a team of highly skilled consultant dermatologists on the General Medical Council Specialist Register, who specialise in mole checks and the treatment of skin cancer. 

We offer the only mole-check service in the UK that guarantees results within 24 hours, meaning you don't need to spend days worrying. 

In the event a mole does need to be removed, the procedure can be performed quickly and painlessly, using the most effective and efficient mole removal techniques available.

Our expert team also offers the specialist Mohs surgery – the most advanced technique for removing certain skin cancers.  

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is the most advanced technique in removing and treating skin cancer. This surgery is performed by removing thin layers of cancerous skin progressively and examining each layer until only cancer free skin tissue is left. 

We aim to remove as much of the cancer tissues as possible without damaging the remaining healthy tissue. Mohs Surgery allows us to verify that all cancer cells have been removed, increasing the outcome of a cure, while reducing the need for another surgery or treatment. 

In the past this type of skin removal surgery was performed by a doctor creating an excision of the cancer tissues, and at the same time removing the surrounding healthy skin. Now with Mohs surgery, there is much less damaging to the surrounding healthy skin, and there are better results. 

Mohs surgery is an excellent treatment for skin cancers that have a risk of recurrence, are in a more sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose, ears and genitals, or for more aggressive forms of skin cancers, melanomas and carcinomas.  

One of the great things about Mohs surgery is that you most likely won’t leave your appointment until all the skin cancer is removed. You will know your results right away, as the doctor will be checking every layer of tissue as they’re removed. This is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you will be able to head home the same day knowing that all cancerous cells have been removed. 

Mole Check

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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Mole Removal

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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Cryotherapy

The literal meaning of the term ‘cryotherapy’ is ‘treatment using low temperature’. Cryotherapy treatment refers to the removal of skin lesions by freezing them, with the most commonly used agent being liquid nitrogen.

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Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery, also known as chemosurgery, was created in 1938 by the American physician and general surgeon Dr Frederic E Mohs. The procedure is a microscopically-controlled surgery designed to treat common types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery allows for the removal of skin cancer with a very narrow surgical margin, which means there are very few tumour-free cells surrounding the cancer removed along with the affected cells.

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Skin Cancer and Melanomas

Skin cancer occurs when the genetic material inside the cells changes, causing an alteration in how cells behave. They increase in size and number, leading to the development of a tumour.

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