Mole Assessment Clinic
Mole screening and body mapping service
Body mapping and mole screenings are carried out using an instrument called a dermoscope. This allows the documentation and storage of maps of large areas of skin, and also the analysis of individual moles. This advanced procedure helps determine whether a pigmented lesion shows early signs of skin cancer beneath the surface of the mole - signs which may not be visible to the naked eye. The procedure is non-invasive and 100% safe.
The procedure is carried out by a nurse and the service is overseen by our consultant dermatologist. A chaperone is available on request.
Appointments will last between 30-60 minutes and you will be asked to complete a pre-screening questionnaire.
All fees are payable in full on completion of the assessment.
Mole screening is carried out by a process called body mapping. It is a way of monitoring large areas of skin, for example the back, and is particularly useful for patients with a significant number of moles. You will have the opportunity to discuss with the nurse which areas you wish to have photographed by the dermoscope, or opt for mapping of the whole body. All images are retained for future comparison.
If you return in six to twelve months time the specialised computer will be able to compare the two images and identify any new or changing moles.
If mole mapping highlights an area of concern, or if you have a particular mole that you are worried about, this can then be analysed individually.
If any particular mole requires closer inspection then mole analysis will be recommended. This involves taking an image of the mole with the dermoscope at high magnification. The computer will then analyse the mole and the results of this will be discussed with you.
If the mole is considered to be ‘high risk,’ referral to a skin specialist will be necessary.
Mole analysis images will be viewed by one of our consultant dermatologists and follow up appointments offered in accordance with their recommendations.
Dermoscopic mole screening is seen as a very valuable tool in the early detection of skin cancer but no screening service can achieve 100% accuracy. Screening is only intended to predict the possible likelihood of the presence, or absence, of superficial spreading melanoma in pigmented lesions.
Whilst this can assist in lesion assessment , it is capable of producing a high score where there is an absence of melanoma, and a low score where there is the presence of melanoma. It is intended as an indicator of risk and not a diagnosis.
The most accurate confirmation of the presence or absence of skin cancer is achieved by way of excision and biopsy. The results of any mole screening assessment are indicative of the lesion status only as at the time of the assessment. Skin cancer can appear spontaneously, new lesions can appear and/or the condition of existing lesions can change significantly over short periods of time.
We recommend self-examination every three months to identify any new or changed lesions and that such lesions are assessed without delay, notwithstanding any earlier assessment.
- Consultation plus analysis of up to 4 moles £95
- Consultation plus analysis of up to 4 moles plus body mapping per area £95 + £25 per area
- Consultation plus analysis of up to 4 moles plus whole body mapping £245
- Follow up body mapping plus mole screening £200
- Additional Mole Analysis £15 per mole
Please contact us for more information or to bok an appointment on 01733 308 238