Skin cancer checks and mole mapping.
Which is the right choice for you, a skin cancer check or a mole map?
The current rates of skin cancer in Australia are extremely high, with over two-thirds of Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. It’s recommended that every adult in Australia has a professional skin check or mole map at least once a year, and they should check their skin for changes every three months. For peace of mind, book a consultation with Pinnacle Health Group online.
What does a skin cancer check involve?
In a 15-minute Skin Cancer Check, our expert Dermatoscopist conducts a head-to-toe assessment of the skin, and analyse the results closely through a Dermatoscope. They will thoroughly examine all moles, sunspots or suspicious skin lesions.
Following a skin cancer risk assessment, our experts then identify which areas are benign and can be left, which we will need to watch, and those that may need urgent attention. If the Dermatoscopist identifies a suspicious skin lesion, they will organise an onward referral immediately for further investigation and potential removal.
What does a mole map involve?
In a 60-minute Mole Map, our expert Melanographers undergo a head-to-toe assessment of the skin, followed by a review with our state-of-the-art skin cancer imaging system. A mole map is the most thorough assessment of any risk signs of melanoma your skin may harbour.
To begin, the Melanographers undertake a comprehensive skin history and risk assessment, a detailed assessment of your entire skin (including areas such as the scalp, between the toes and the soles of the feet), and then proceed to precisely photograph all moles on the body for documentation and further review. The end result is an additional, high magnification, total body imaging of all moles on your body.
This service is the gold standard of skin cancer assessment and management, and enables you to keep an ongoing, accurate record of your skin to note any changes and risks over time.
Should I get a skin cancer check or a mole map?
Great question! Basically, anyone is eligible and should consider the gold standard service of mole mapping, given the detailed imaging that allows for ongoing tracking of the skin long-term.
However, it is strongly recommended for anyone who has a family or personal history of Melanoma, a personal history of Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma, multiple moles (approximately 50 or more moles on the entire skin), or past history of high sun exposure – as their risk of developing Melanoma is greatly increased.
If this isn’t you – you should consider starting with the 15-minute skin cancer check option, and await a further recommendation from your Dermatoscopist.
Ultimately the aim of skin cancer checks and mole mapping is to give you peace of mind, and understand your own risk status and current exposure to this highly prevalent issue across Australia.