Mole Mapping is a technique whereby a person’s moles are catalogued or ‘mapped’. Patients are usually recommended this procedure as they have a personal history of numerous moles, or if there is a family history of melanoma.
What is Mole Mapping?
Mole Mapping is an advanced skin cancer detection procedure designed to prevent you and your family from the deadly effects of malignant melanoma skin cancer by diagnosing it at the earliest stage possible. Specialised dermoscopy equipment is used to record the positions and appearances of moles on the body of a patient so regular checks will detect any changes that might lead to skin cancer.
What is involved?
- During your first consultation a thorough ‘mole map’ is created using the latest imaging technology to create a baseline of your skin and mole locations.
- Images are stored so comparisons can be made on subsequent examinations to detect early changes.
- Mole mapping photography helps to reduce unnecessary removal of completely benign moles by documenting changes over time.
- If there is a lesion that is suspicious for melanoma detected during the visit, we will notify you and arrange for its removal.
Overarching this process, which requires specific training, is the clinical acumen of the doctor who has significant experience on patterning and changes that have taken place to moles. It is important to be very specific with your doctors who will ask you for a detailed history as it is critical to ascertain any changes to a mole noticed by a patient. This is very difficult for moles out of eyesight e.g. on our back – and another most useful application of the mole mapping technology.