Mole mapping is a screening technique which uses state-of-the-art digital technology to map and monitor skin lesions, including moles, on your body from head to toe.
Mole mapping and the importance of early detection of skin cancer
Early detection is the best step in the prevention of serious skin cancers. Mole mapping can help identify changes in the size, shape and colour of moles over time. Changes may be warning signs that a mole could potentially become atypical or cancerous.
Mole mapping is particularly useful for monitoring people with many moles and/or skin lesions, especially large or unusually shaped ones, and for those who have a history or a family history of skin cancer.
Your mole mapping appointment – what to expect
Your appointment begins with a detailed consultation including a discussion of your medical history and any skin concerns. A full body skin exam is then conducted also utilising state-of-the-art FotoFinder Bodystudio ATBM technology to take digital photographs of your body. Magnified dermoscopic images may be taken of any skin lesions that require more detailed investigation.
After your mole mapping appointment – what happens next
If any suspicious features are discovered within a skin lesion, it may be necessary to perform a small biopsy or full excision. All findings and recommendations will be discussed in detail with you.
Total body skin examinations and mole mapping are about identifying any immediate concerns but also changes over time. The photographs taken at your initial visit will be used as a map going forward to track any potential changes in your moles. Most patients opt to have a skin exam and mole mapping annually, but Dr. Alexis will be able to advise on the frequency that works for you and your skin.