Mole Checks Help to Prevent Skin Cancer
Having your moles professionally checked by a Dermatologist is an important first step for anyone who is concerned about their risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.K. and it is caused by sunburn, sunbeds and unprotected UV exposure. Those with freckles or moles are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin Cancer broadly falls into two main categories, Melanoma Skin Cancer and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer.
Melanoma Skin Cancer
Melanoma Skin Cancer is by far the most serious and according to Cancer Research U.K. approximately 16,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year in the U.K. According to statistics from the years 2015 to 2017, around 2,300 people die every year as a result of Melanoma Skin Cancer in the U.K.
The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or changes in the shape, size or colour of an existing mole. If this happens, it is important to have your skin checked by a Dermatologist as soon as possible.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
In addition to Melanoma Skin Cancer, our Dermatologists are also experienced at diagnosing and treating Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, which include Basel Cell Skin Cancer, Squamous Cell Skin Cancer and others that are less common.
Our London Mole Clinic offers the following services:
A mole check consists of an initial consultation with a Dermatologist where they will ask you questions about your general health and lifestyle and carry out an in depth visual examination of any moles on your face and body.
If there are any moles that the Dermatologist is concerned about they will use a high powered skin surface microscope known as a dermatoscope, to check for signs of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. The dermatoscope is a diagnostic tool which allows us to carry out early screening for skin cancer and also identify those patients who require further monitoring with our mole mapping technology.
Mole mapping is a comprehensive, computer controlled ‘mole map’ of your entire body and is extremely helpful when a patient has a mole, or even multiple moles, which must be observed over regular intervals of time. Our highly sensitive FotoFinder Mole Mapping Technology allows us to see even the smallest of changes that are happening to a mole.
If following the visual checks and dermoscopy your Dermatologist deems it necessary to remove your mole then they can do this in our CQC Registered Harley Street Clinic.
Once removed the specimen will be sent to an outside pathology laboratory for histology analysis, to check whether the mole is cancerous or not. Within 72 hours we will then contact you with your results.
Every mole check is carried out by a Dermatologist and you will be provided with a full report on the findings from your mole map as well as recommendations for any further treatment.
Our Skin Cancer Expertise
All of the Dermatologists at Dr Haus Dermatology also hold positions in the NHS and are experienced at diagnosing and treating patients with all types of skin cancer.
While many skin moles will be benign or harmless, there are some that will need immediate treatment or close monitoring in the form of mole mapping.
We are also able to examine and diagnose all other skin lesions, including skin tags, and remove them if necessary.
If you would like to know more about the services that we offer to check your skin or any moles that are worrying you, then please contact us and we will be happy to talk you through your options.
Used to treat: Moles & Skin Lesions
If you are concerned about the appearance of a mole or lesion or to book a consultation with a Dermatologist, please telephone us on +44 20 7935 6358, send us an enquiry on the Contact Us Page or email [email protected]
I was recommended to see Dr Haus in July 2015 by a friend. She knew I had seen a few other doctors in Brazil where I am from about a skin allergy which still persisted for nearly two years. The allergy was getting more intense and because it started to affect my sleep I decided to see Dr Haus. The clinic is very well located in Harley Street and the staff were ever so friendly. I felt very comfortable discussing my skin issue with him as he explained about its possible causes and what we could do in order to get better. The consultation room was so welcoming and beautifully decorated which makes you feel good about being there. He prescribed a cream and some other medicine to be taken for a month. He also suggested a special soap for me to wash my body with which I still use to this day. I am grateful to him because my body feels fine; my skin is in good condition and I started sleeping well again. If I ever need another dermatologist who I know will listen and explain to me about my skin condition in terms that I can understand while taking a good care of me I would go back to see Dr. Haus. Thank you very much for your attention Dr Haus.