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Early detection saves lives If you have concerns that a new mole has appeared on your skin or an existing mole has grown or changed shape, then it is important to have it checked by a doctor as soon as possible. Mole screening, which includes a detailed examination of your moles and a thorough skin examination, is one of the most effective ways to ensure early detection and timely treatment of skin cancer.
As a doctor-led practice, we offer a comprehensive mole screening service, which includes:
We'll give you honest, ethical advice that's focused on your unique case, mole screening and early detection.
If you have a mole that does need further investigation or treatment, we will make sure you receive an urgent referral.
We'll give you in-depth aftercare instructions and are always on the end of the phone to answer your post-treatment questions if there's anything you want to discuss.
Although most moles are healthy, new moles or a mole that has changed in size or appearance can be a sign that something more serious is happening, and should always be checked out to either put your mind at ease or to ensure early detection of skin cancer.
More and more people are developing melanomas – the tumours of melanin-forming cells associated with skin cancer – as a result of sun exposure and other lifestyle factors. Certain skin types are more at risk of cancer and more than a third of the cases of malignant melanoma in the UK affect adults under the age of 55.
Early detection is so important with all types of cancer, and no less so with skin cancers, including melanomas. Most stage one and stage two melanomas can be successfully cured, but survival rates of five years or longer post-diagnosis drop to 50% with stage 3 melanomas and 10-25% with stage 4 melanomas.
If you do have a mole that is cause for concern, we will arrange for the appropriate tests to be carried out as soon as possible. Highly suspicious moles will be referred either to a consultant or back to your usual GP for the NHS route so that you receive a definitive diagnosis as soon as possible. We work in association with The Mole Clinic.
If you have a mole with any of the following changes, you should book a mole screening appointment urgently:
Research would also suggest that moles with three or more shades of brown or black should be screened immediately.
You should also book a mole screening appointment if you notice a dark patch appear under a nail that isn’t the result of an injury or appears to be growing.
If you have a mole that is not suspicious but you dislike for cosmetic reasons, we do offer a mole removal service.