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Detecting suspicious moles early significantly increases the chances of a positive outcome should they turn out to be cancerous.
Mole mapping employs the latest digital technology to map your body for moles, meaning your dermatologist can track the development over time of your entire mole population and identify any suspicious-looking moles and recommend them for removal.
Equally, it is also possible to have just a single worrying or suspicious mole checked comprehensively for signs of cancer by one of our specialist dermatologists.
Mole mapping, or Mole Check at The Cadogan Clinic, is the UK's most comprehensive screening tool for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer; and was the first mole check approved by the British Skin Foundation.
Although moles are often harmless, occasionally, they can be a sign of cancer and the NHS and NICE recommend having your moles checked by an expert every six months. Mole mapping is the best tool available to track your moles and monitor their develop over time.
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Dr. Derrick Phillips
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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 or if you suspect any of them may be cancerous.
Early detection of skin cancer saves lives.
When detected and removed early, the good news is that skin cancers from moles are almost always curable. However, an and early diagnosis matters; 85% of the 2,300 people who die each year from melanoma where at one stage curable.
A mole map provides a regular snapshot of your mole population, so even the smallest of changes can be picked up by your dermatologist. This means you can have peace of mind that any developing skin cancers will be picked up early before they develop into something more dangerous.
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I am very pleased with the extremely efficient help and advice I received from Cadogan Clinic recently when I was worried about a skin problem. I was impressed with how quickly and efficiently my friendly patient advisor was able to reassure me and expedite a consultation. I highly recommend the clinic and the very professional team who work there.
At the Cadogan Clinic we have assembled a leading team of dermatologists, skin cancer specialists and plastic surgeons to ensure that not only can your moles be properly monitored, but swiftly and effectively removed with minimal scarring, should they be recommended for surgical removal.
Your moles can be mapped, reviewed and removed all in a single visit, if any moles provide cause for concern.
Our mole mapping 'Mole Check' is the first to have been approved by the British Skin Foundation, and remains the gold standard mole check service in the UK to this day.
WHEN SHOULD I GET MY MOLES CHECKED?
It is possible to develop skin cancer at any time during ones life, particularly if you are considered high risk (e.g. you have fair skin). That said, the older you are the more likely you are to develop skin cancer so we strongly recommend this for those in their 50s or older.
HOW MUCH DOES MOLE MAPPING COST?
For a mole map and a consultation with a dermatologist it is £299.
HOW LONG DOES MOLE MAPPING TAKE?
The whole process does not take longer than half an hour. You will then meet your dermatologist for a further half an hour.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A MOLE MAP?
We recommend you come in regularly to have your moles monitored every six months.
IS MOLE MAPPING EFFECTIVE?
Mole mapping is the most comprehensive safeguard against skin cancer and is recommended for anyone worried about their moles. Early detection saves lives, and mole mapping is the best option for supporting the detection process.
HOW DOES MOLE MAPPING AND DERMOSCOPY WORK?
Mole mapping and Dermoscopy begins with a consultation and full clinical examination by a Consultant Dermatologist. The Dermatologist begins by identifying and marking any suspicious moles and ones which warrant monitoring.
Next, the patient will be taken through the process of having whole body photography and dermoscopy of any moles that the dermatologist has marked. For the photography, the patient will stand on a mat at a fixed distance to allow for reproducible images to be taken by the camera on the mole mapping machine. Close up dermoscopy images are then taken of any moles identified by the dermatologist for monitoring using a hand-held dermoscope, which uses polarised light for accurate imaging.
All dermoscopy images are uploaded to the patients' medical profile to allow the dermatologist to view the moles in detail. This completes the initial clinical examination.
There will be a follow-up appointment booked by the dermatologist in order to have the dermoscopic images repeated to see if there have been any changes in the moles.
In about 4-6 months' time, a follow-up appointment will be booked so that the process can be carried out in reverse order, with a repeat dermoscopy of the moles being monitored. During this appointment, the Consultant Dermatologist will review any changes in the moles in the before and after photos.
If there is a need for excision of any moles that have changed to prevent further progression, this will be performed under local anaesthetic and the specimen sent to the laboratory for a full histological diagnosis.
WHAT IS COMPUTERIZED MOLE MAPPING?
Computerized mole mapping is a tool to record moles and detect new moles. This is done in combination with Dermoscopy.
It is used to monitor changes in existing moles, detect any progression and pick up skin cancers, especially malignant melanomas, early.
It is important to note that 52% of malignant melanomas are identified through early changes.
The more moles you have, the harder it is to perform accurate self-examinations. This leads to a higher likelihood that one or more moles will change without you noticing.
This type of mole mapping is objective, therefore vital in the prevention of skin cancer.
WHAT MAKES THE CADOGAN CLINIC MOLE REMOVAL DIFFERENT?
Our service is overseen by fully trained medical professionals and is unlike the nurse-led equivalents found on the high street.
WHAT IS A CANCEROUS MOLE?
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 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.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A BLEEDING MOLE OR ITCHY MOLE?
Bleeding or itchy 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, these are also sign that the mole is cancerous.
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.
Patients 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.
The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.
We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.
We are just a 5 minute walk northwards up Sloane Street once you have arrived at Sloane Square.
Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Address: 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9BW
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