Using high-quality photographs to effectively monitor and record the development of moles and skin pigmented lesions on your body to help with the treatment and prevention of potentially malignant skin irregularities.
MOLE MAPPING (SKIN SCREENING)
The early diagnosis of skin cancer is imperative and mole mapping makes use of innovative photographic equipment to identify a melanoma, an aggressive type of skin cancer, and other skin pigmentated lesions. If detected early enough, the treatment of melanoma can be highly effective and through the application of skin scans, we can also identify whether previous lesions or removed cancerous growths appear to return.
During a mole mapping session, a medical photographer will take high-resolution images of your entire body’s skin surface. The medical team will then use these images to identify potentially dangerous moles and skin colourations. The images will also form a baseline to identify further growth, the appearance of new moles and potential cancerous development in them during your returning visits.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Dark patches on the skin can be flat and in a lot of instances have a raised or sometimes, uneven appearance. Get a Dermatologist to check them out if they change in shape and colour as this could be indicative of skin cancer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A set of standardised photos allows us to compare the marks and moles on the skin over time. These electronic files are stored on your Electronic Medical Records which helps with the quick identification of new forming moles and comparative changes in previously identified moles.
Mole mapping is a single appointment procedure that is used to inform proper treatment by your Dermatologist in subsequent consultation sessions. The frequency of subsequent visits and future scans is based on your risk of skin cancer, history and current treatment and the Dermatologist will give you further clarity after your first session.
Many moles are not cancerous in nature. Through mole mapping we can reduce the unnecessary removal of harmless moles while preventing melanoma (skin cancer) through documenting their change over time. You’ll be made aware of any suspicious moles or potential melanoma if we see them, allowing for the immediate treatment and removal.
Mole mapping is recommended for those with a higher risk of developing melanoma. This will include, but aren’t limited to, individuals with over 50 moles, anyone with a history of chronic tanning bed usage and multiple moles, persons who had two or more blistering sunburns during childhood, individuals with many atypical and uneven moles, but also those with a history of melanoma in their family.