The most common treatment for skin cancer is to surgically remove it. This is usually done under a local anaesthetic. During treatment the mole or skin lesion is carefully removed, with a margin of safety, while keeping the scar as small as possible.
Some superficial skin cancers can be treated topically with creams or gels. These are generally prescribed chemotherapy medicines that can be directly applied to the skin. Laser therapy is another form of skin cancer treatment. It uses a combination of a red-light LEDlight and a cream. The laser destroys the abnormal or cancerous cells without the need for surgical removal.
MoleMap’s first artificial intelligence (AI) product Skin Assist has been created to help doctors discover and diagnose skin cancer easily and with higher accuracy. Using MoleMap’s world-leading database of high-quality dermatological images, AI develops a specific algorithm to help detect benign and malignant melanomas. The diagnosis is made with close accuracy to that of a trained doctor.
AI is currently available and being used in New Zealand only.
There are several apps available to help detect skin cancer. Yet, while they may help you to spot a suspicious mole or lesion you may not have found otherwise, they should not replace a professional skin cancer check. Many apps only offer a skin lesion risk assessment; they are not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. By visiting one of MoleMap's skin cancer clinics, you can ensure a trusted diagnosis.