Moles, also known as nevi, can develop on any part of the skin. Most moles are completely harmless, but any change in their size, shape, colour, or texture could point to a potentially dangerous transformation.
Skin malignancies such as basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanomas can be found and treated by dermatologists thanks to their specialised training in doing comprehensive mole and skin examinations across the patient's entire body.
Our doctor will advise you on how frequently you need to get your skin checked based on the type of skin you have and the results of any previous skin checks that have been performed. Please contact one of our dermatologists as soon as possible if you have any concerns regarding a skin lesion such as a mole, cyst, wart, or skin tag. An appointment with one of our dermatologists can be scheduled here. It is possible that the doctor will either remove the mole surgically or do a biopsy on it to evaluate whether it contains malignant cells.
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Skin Check Procedure:
Please examine your skin, scalp, and intimate regions before your initial skin examination and make note of any particularly concerning areas you might want to discuss with your doctor. Please don't bring hand or toenail polish, cosmetics, or fake tan to your visit. This is done to ensure that your doctor can see your skin clear and unhindered.
Your doctor will ask you to strip off your underwear for a skin examination. On the examination couch, you will be invited to sit or lie down while the doctor examines your skin using a Dermlite Lumio, a device that magnifies and lights the skin. A dermatoscope will be used to examine any lesions that require more in-depth analysis since it gives the clinician a precise view of the patterns present in the lesion. According to numerous studies, physicians skilled in dermoscopy have a high degree of accuracy when spotting skin malignancies. You should let the doctor know if you are aware of any moles (perhaps hidden by undergarments) so they can inspect those as well.
Any suspicious-looking lesions will be recorded. Your physician will go over with you whether a biopsy or excision of the lesion (in which a tiny portion of the lesion is removed and submitted for a pathological evaluation) is necessary (where the lesion is completely removed). Some moles merely need to be observed, which may entail keeping track of the mole using digital photography.