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A photographic record of your skin helps us to detect possible melanoma and skin cancer earlier

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Posted 25/02/13

Having a comprehensive medical record of your skin helps MoleMap’s specialists to keep a closer eye on your skin and lesions. Here’s some insight into how a baseline record helps:

Total Body Photography

Roughly 50% of all melanomas first appear on unmarked skin not in pre-existing moles. This is why MoleMap uses total body photography as standard in our full MoleMap procedures as this allows us to identify new and changing lesions that may indicate skin cancer.

Serial Monitoring

Studies have shown that microscopic monitoring of moles over time helps identify more melanomas. How? Basically because the universal truth about melanoma is change. Monitoring lesions over time enables our specialist dermatologists to identify subtle changes that might indicate the early signs of melanoma skin cancer. Below is a good example of the identification of an early melanoma aided by digital serial monitoring.

This relatively benign looking mole was imaged over successive 12 month periods and the observed growth was enough to warrant its excision. It was diagnosed as an in-situ melanoma.

This highlights the importance of regular MoleMap surveillance to stay on top of your skin cancer risk and ensure we detecct anything at the earliest possible stage.

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