Mole Mapping FAQs
Mole Mapping cost and services?
- Full Body Mole Mapping €150
- Single Mole Screening (to naval line) €49
- Mole Mapping Spot Check (1-3 moles) €60
- Upper Body Mole Mapping (to naval line) €99
- Lower Body Mole Mapping €99
When do I get the results?
You receive your results within 21 days- following your consultation. Our Consultant Dermatologist will review all images of suspicious moles
If our Consultant Dermatologists recommends you to have a mole / lesion removed and biopsied, you will receive a phone-call from our Nurse Specialist. Otherwise, you will receive your results with a letter in the post/email to attend a follow-up appointment in 3 or 6 months or an annual Mole Mapping . This follow up appointment costs €30 after your first screening.
Is mole mapping covered by health insurance?
No the Mole Mapping is not included in any Private Health Insurance Policy at this time. We are lobbying the Health Insurance companies to address this.
What happens if something needs to be removed?
If you need to have a mole removed or a biopsy taken we will contact you with your results by phone. We can refer you directly to a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in The Eccles Clinic or The Mater Private. As you have been seen at The Skin Burse Clinic you will not have to pay a consultation fee, and your private health insurance may cover the cost of the procedure.
Who does the mole screening? Nurse or Doctor?
An experienced Dermatology Nurse Specialist who is specialised in dermoscopy and skin cancer will perform the Mole Mapping. Images of areas of concern are then reviewed by our Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Bedi
Why should I have Mole Mapping ?
Skin cancer is on the increase in Ireland. Ireland is among the highest rates of skin Cancer in Europe. Irish people are at a greater risk due to their skin type. Mole Mapping will provide reassurance and record your baseline images of your skin which can be used for comparison in the future.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. You can ring and make an appointment
I already attend a Dermatologist annually and have had moles removed.
If you are already attending a Dermatologist on a routine basis, we would advise that you continue with same.
Why should I attend your clinic? Advantages?
- No long waiting lists
- Experienced medical team
- Latest in skin cancer detection technology
- Urgent referral process for removal of concerning lesions
How do I know if I need to get a mole / skin checked?
The skin is the largest organ in the body. We know that screening prevents illness and some cancers. Skin checks have been proven to reduce the incidences of skin cancer. If you notice any changes in size, shape or color-ABCDE.
ASYMMETRY – Regular moles are round and symmetrical – if you were to draw a line down the middle they would be the same on both sides.
BORDER – The borders of early Melanomas are often irregular, wavy, or uneven.
COLOUR – A normal mole is a uniform colour all over and is generally brown or beige through to skin tone colour. Any change in the colour of a mole should be investigated.
DIAMETER – A mole that is greater than 6mm.
EVOLVING – Look out for any changes in size, shape or colour.
How often will I need to get my moles checked?
As often as the Consultant thinks you require. We generally advise Annual screening for everyone.
How much does it cost to have a mole removed?
Without private health insurance an removal and biopsy by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon costs in the region of €500. With private health insurance many patient will not have to pay anything. This should be discussed when making your appointment to see the Plastic Surgeon.
At what age should you start getting your moles checked?
At least from the age of 18, after puberty is completed. We can carry out screenings on request for children.
Do you do screenings on children?