If you have a lot of moles how can you keep an eye on them if you have a lot to monitor? The answer might be mole mapping.
What is mole mapping?
Mole mapping involves tracking all of the moles on your body in an automated way. By monitoring them over time, it becomes easier to identify any new lesions, or changes in lesions which could be a concern. A full skin check is advisable first. Then if appropriate mole mapping can follow.
This service is often recommended to patients who are concerned about their risk of developing melanoma skin cancer. It is also great for tracking moles in hard to see areas, such as the back. We use the Fotofinder Bodystudio ATBM is used.
Generally, mole mapping can be a good option for those who:
- Have a high number of moles to monitor especially lots of unusual looking moles
- Suffered severe sunburn
- Have had personal experience of skin cancer
- Have family members with skin cancer
There are a lot of benefits that come from mapping your moles. The main one is that it can help to detect the signs of skin cancer early.
Mole mapping is a pain-free procedure which allows you to get a comprehensive view of all the moles on your body. Monitoring them over time will help you to identify any changes quickly. New photos will be taken on each appointment, comparing them against the previous photos to identify any changes in size, colour, or shape.
Keeping the skin protected
Mole mapping is a fantastic service that can potentially help identify worrisome moles. However, don’t forget there are things you can do to keep the skin protected. Wearing adequate sunscreen regularly, which contains a minimum SPF 30 with both UVA and UVB protection along with protective clothing and seeking shade is the best line of defence for the skin against the sun.
Book a consultation today with Dr Kara Heelan, at The Chelsea Outpatient Centre or Sydney Street Outpatients & Diagnostic Centre call us on 020 3494 4024.