Skin Checks, Skin Cancer, Melanoma Awareness
Above: often a spot check of just one mole can leave another mole of concern undetected
Some skin cancer detection services offer free spot checks of just one to two moles of concern. While these are better than no checks at all, there is a risk that a suspicious mole may go undetected on another part of your body. This is why a spot check can’t replace having a full body check by skin cancer detection experts every year. This is especially important if you have a medium to high melanoma risk (take our quick risk quiz to check your risk factor).
What if you’ve spotted the wrong spot?
Melanoma is fast growing and the most life threatening of skin cancers1 – and it’s very difficult to detect with an untrained eye, particularly at its early stages. While we recommend that you regularly self-check your skin at home (ideally at least every three months), most of us aren’t exactly skin cancer experts.
Which means that, even if you’ve noticed one mole that concerns you, there’s a risk that you might not see another - potentially more dangerous mole - somewhere else on your body. And therefore you might not get it checked early enough, while it can still be treated.
Above: MoleMap offers free spot checks for 12 months after your Full Body MoleMap appointment
Free spot checks with your Full Body MoleMap.
At MoleMap, we offer FREE spot checks of up to three moles within 12 months of having a Full Body MoleMap or Full Body Follow-Up appointment. This means that if you notice any changes in your skin or moles between appointments – or if you’re worried about a particular mole – you can simply book a time to pop back in and get it professionally checked against the baseline created at your first appointment.
Above: for high risk patients, a Full Body MoleMap is recommended over a spot check
More about MoleMap
You also get the added reassurance that any moles of concern will be checked by a Melanographer (a trained skin cancer nurse), and double-checked by an expert Dermatologist. What’s more, MoleMap’s proven technology goes below the surface to detect skin cancers much earlier than visual checks. Using a dermatoscope and a high-tech camera, our Melanographers can look deep inside a mole’s structure to detect any signs of early-stage melanoma.
Think you can detect melanoma? Take the challenge...
To get an idea just how difficult it is to detect skin cancer yourself, take our spot the melanoma challenge? As you’ll see, it’s not always easy – that’s why it’s best left to the experts!
And remember, if you think a spot has changed in size, shape or colour – or just feels different – don’t hesitate to call us on 1800 665 362.
1. Health Promotion Agency and the Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) 2017: New Zealand Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Early Detection Strategy 2017 to 2022.
Note: This quick questionnaire is designed to give you an idea of your personal skin cancer risk factors.
It isn’t intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis – please contact us if you have any questions about your skin cancer risk.
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