Mole mapping is recommended for patients who may be at increased risk of melanoma, and in particular patients who:
- Have a family history of melanoma
- Have a personal history of skin cancer
- Have new or changing moles
- Have fair skin
- Have a skin that easily burns
- Have multiple moles, 50 plus usually
- Have a suppressed immune system
- Are exposed to significant sunlight (working or living abroad or working outdoors)
During the appointment, following a thorough medical history, the doctor will examine the skin with a digital photo-dermoscope and will take photos of your moles.
This examination enables us to see malignant changes before these can be seen with the naked eye and may also provide a baseline for your current mole pattern and future changes.
We may recommend that you have a repeat examination at 6 or 12 months.
You may read more about moles and mole mapping here.