Benefits of Molemapping
Skin cancer can occur at any time and your chances of surviving melanoma depend, on how deep it has spread. Moles go through a number of changes before they become cancerous. Just like a Breast Check or Prostate Check early detection of changes or cancer can avoid serious skin cancer or even death.
In addition to inspecting your skin, your consultation will include education on how to protect your skin to avoid the harmful rays of the skin throughout the year
Most early melanomas usually tend to spread outwards on the surface of the skin before they grow deeper and spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma diagnosed in this early stage (less than 1mm thick at the time of removal) has a very high survival rate.
If you a number of moles, it can be hard to keep track of which ones are new or changing, this is a problem because identifying a changing mole could lead to an early diagnosis of treatable melanoma. Mole mapping can help identify changes in your moles, pinpointing which may need closer examination or removal.
As FotoFinder is highly accurate at identifying melanoma, there is less need to recommend surgically removing benign (harmless) moles. resulting in fewer scars for you.
Most skin cancers such as melanoma are difficult to detect with the naked eye. The FootoFinder Dermascope looks deep inside a mole’s structure to detect skin changes earlier than visual checks.
Our experience, clinical excellence, using leading technology, low benign to malignant ratio, and our ability to detect melanoma early, means you are in trusted hands at The Skin Nurse Clinic.
A mole map research study, The “Ugly Duckling” sign found that identifying pigmented moles that look different to from a patient’s others moles is a practical way to spot malignant skin cancer
Rise of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is a significant and increasing problem. Ireland has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. The rates of skin cancer almost doubled in the last ten years.
MoleMap Internal Audit. Benign to malignant ratio from a sample of 700 recommended excisions from 2010-2013. Sensitivity from documentation of reported missed melanomas.
You, P. H et al. Diagnosing skin cancer in primary care: how do mainstream general practitioners compare with primary care skin cancer clinic doctors? Med J Aunt 2007; 187(4):215-220.
Scope A, et al. The “Ugly Duckling” Sign. Arch Dermatology. 2008;144(1):58-64.