Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Moles are a common occurrence, and most people will have them somewhere on their body. Moles need to be checked regularly. However, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need to look for and to keep track of how the mole appeared in the first place. If moles are on your back, you may even be unable to check them properly or even see them at all.
Because of this, it is important to get your moles checked by a professional. Having your moles regularly checked means you can avoid moles turning into melanomas.
You may wish to undergo mole screening if you have been checking your skin and you think you have a suspicious mole. Signs of a suspicious mole include:
You will be a suitable candidate for mole screening if you have moles which you need to have checked.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo mole screening.
Those that are at a higher risk and may wish to undergo regular mole screening include those who:
Mole screening will generally be broken into two separate stages.
First, you will be given a risk assessment questionnaire. This will assess your risk of developing skin cancer. Your surgeon will then review the risk assessment with you.
Next, using a non-invasive method known as dermoscopy, the moles on your skin will be examined. Photographs may also be taken, particularly if the moles appear to be suspicious.
The surgeon will also talk to you about what to look out for in regards to suspicious moles and will inform you about early detection and how you can best protect your skin.
The consultation and screening will take around 30 minutes.
If there are any issues found after the mole screening, it may be recommended that you remove the mole. This can be done at Centre for Surgery by one of our surgeons.
This is a non-surgical service, so there is no recovery time involved. You will be able to return home after your screening.
You will be able to have mole screening if you have one or more moles which you are worried about the appearance of.
You will have to be 18 years or older to undergo mole screening.
If you are checking moles yourself, there are a few signs you have to look out for.
Consulting with your surgeon and undergoing the mole screening will take around 30 minutes. This may vary depending on how many moles you have to analyse.
If the mole is considered suspicious, it may be recommended that you have it removed. This can be done by surgeons at Centre for Surgery.