Why do I need a mole check?

Not everyone needs a mole check, but who does?

Any mole that changes need consideration. If it grows, changes colour bleeds, itches. It should be checked by a doctor. Probably it is just traumatised or there is an inflamed hair follicle within it, but of course, for a few, it may be becoming malignant. An expert will examine the mole naked eye and probably with a dermascope (dermatoscope). If there is doubt, then it will be removed with a margin of normal tissue and checked under the microscope. If it turns out to be a melanoma, we often need to come back to remove a bit more tissue in order to have a calculated safe margin.

If moles become malignant, they become melanomas, one of the 3 main types of skin tumour and also the most dangerous. They used to carry a dreadful prognosis, but now at the Cadogan Clinic, we cure nearly all of them, simply because we see them early, identify them and remove them early.

At the Cadogan Clinic, we understand that there are 5 reasons to remove moles –

! -moles that are malignant.

2- moles that might be malignant

3- moles that develop an infection, usually due to a folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle)

3- moles that worry you, so that you must keep coming back for checks.

4- moles that you do not like the look of.

These are all good reasons but check with your insurance company, if you expect reimbursement. They may not consider the reason in their opinion to be medical.

If you have many moles or have had other melanomas or suspicious moles, you may need a general mole check by your dermatologist. You may be recommended to undergo mole mapping. If you have one suspicious mole, you are at risk of having others. Then if you just have very many moles they should be checked regularly. It is said that if you have 11 or more moles of the forearm or 100 overall, then you need regular checks.

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.

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