Mole Check

Mole Check at The Cadogan Clinic is the UK’s most comprehensive for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer; and is the only mole check approved by the British Skin Foundation.

Moles are often harmless, but they can be irritating and catch on clothing and jewellery alike. Occasionally, they can be a sign of cancer. 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.

The good news is that skin cancers from moles that are found and removed early are almost always curable and early diagnosis matters. A person with a melanoma of less than 0.75mm thick can expect to have a 95% cure rate. 52% of the melanoma we find are discovered by monitoring and identifying the tiniest of changes each time you come in with our mole-mapping service. Changes can be monitored both externally and internally for signs that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

What makes our mole check service different?

  • Dermatologist Led: every Mole Check patient is seen by one of our consultant Dermatologists and not a nurse.
  • Mole Map: each patient leaves with a comprehensive computer controlled Mole Map of their entire body.
  • Long Term Monitoring: our Mole Mapping technology and our Dermatologist led approach allows us to spot even the subtlest of changes and moles over time.
  • Dermoscopy: any mole that a Dermatologist is concerned about will be examined on the spot under a high powered dermatology microscope.
  • Treatment: we have 3 fully staffed operation theatres on site for the rapid, same day removal of worrisome moles.
  • Plastic Surgeons: for the removal of bigger or deeper moles, or those in more visible places, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon can undertake the procedure to minimise any scarring risk.
  • Mohs: we are one of the only clinics in the UK to offer Mohs surgery on site. This is recognised by NICE as the optimal approach to skin cancer removal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK but the good news is that if the signs and symptoms are spotted early it will be much easier to treat. If you have moles on your face and body, it’s a good idea to keep a check on them and monitor any changes for your own peace of mind. At Cadogan Cosmetics we have some of the best dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the country as well as our mole mapping system, rapid diagnostic services including 24 hour histology results and our “see and treat” service for mole removal.

Most people have moles which remain perfectly fine throughout their lifetime but if you notice signs that a mole has changed in any way, it is wise to go and have it checked by a dermatologist or doctor during a mole check to make sure it is not cancerous. This kind of skin cancer includes melanomas, basal cell carcinomas, and squamous cell carcinomas. Moles can also be precancerous lesions, changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. The good news is that skin cancer can be cured if it’s found and treated early. Contact the Mole Clinic at Cadogan Clinic for more information.

Bleeding moles can occur when they have been irritated or scratched – moles catching on clothing, being cut by a razor, makeup application, scratching an insect bite and hair removal are all very common triggers. However, a more serious concern for a bleeding mole is skin cancer.
There are definite signs that a mole could be a melanoma and individuals should seek immediate advice from a dermatologist. If you have a new mole or a change in your moles such as bleeding, changes in shape, size or colour, itchy or painful moles- it's imperative that you seek medical advice at the earliest possible stage.

Consumers should be vigilant in having moles checked annually or as advised by your dermatologist if you have a history of previously abnormal naevi (moles) or skin cancer. An early diagnosis is crucial in managing this potentially life-threatening disease; skin cancer which is detected and removed early is almost always curable. Just the tiniest of change in a mole is a sign to visit your dermatologist for a Mole Check.
The Cadogan Clinic offers a revolutionary Mole Package service which includes a mole and lesion check, removal and rapid histology results and advice. With a team of industry-leading consultants using the most cutting-edge techniques at the state-of-the-art facility, Cadogan Clinic's Mole Check is the only service of its kind to be approved by the British Skin Foundation.

The most effective way of monitoring moles at home is by regularly following the ABCDE rule. This is an excellent way of supporting annual mole checks with a medical professional. If you notice any of the signs below you should immediately seek medical advice.

A – Asymmetry Where one half of the mole does not match the other
B – Border Check the outline of your mole – a melanoma may have edges that are ragged, notched, blurred or irregular, plus the pigment may have spread into surrounding skin.
- Colour Is the colour uneven? You might see shades of black, brown and tan, or areas of white grey, red, pink or blue
- Diameter – Do you see a change in the size of your mole? Has it increased? Typically, melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter – (same size as the end of a pencil)
E – Evolving – Does the mole look different from the others and / or is changing in size, colour or shape?

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We only work with the best. Our consultants are at the very peak of their professions. All are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and their own specialist registers, so you can feel confident you’re in safe and trusted hands.

Dr. Alexis Granite
Dr. Alexis Granite

Dermatologist

Dermatologist specialising in skin cancer, skin allergy testing and women’s dermatology such as hormone related skin conditions, acne and hair loss

Dr. Nisith Sheth
Dr. Nisith Sheth

Dermatologist

Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon specialising in skin cancer, skin surgery such as Mohs, laser treatments and general and cosmetic dermatology

Dr. Susan Mayou
Dr. Susan Mayou

Dermatologist

Dermatologist seeing patients with acne, eczema, and other severe skin conditions, with a special interest in paediatric and cosmetic dermatology

Dr. Anjali Mahto
Dr. Anjali Mahto

Dermatologist

Dermatologist treating acne and other serious skin conditions. Also sees patients with ageing concerns, specialising in injectables and laser treatments