Almost everyone has some moles on their body, and people with fair skin usually have more than dark-skinned people. This is perfectly normal and usually nothing to worry about, but certain factors can indicate that a melanoma – a type of skin cancer – can be growing in or near a mole. You should seek advice if you’re worried, and especially if a mole has recently changed shape, is not symmetrical, has recently appeared, is more than one colour or has an irregular shaped border. Taking your family to regular mole checks is like regularly visiting your dentist, and it can save your life.
Treatments for cancers and moles
Don’t wait until you have a suspected problem to check your moles. Our consultant dermatologists know exactly what they’re looking at and use the latest technology to diagnose (for an insight into the different types of melanoma they’ll be looking for, click here and they will explain everything to you clearly.
In almost every case, the treatment for a suspected melanoma is to remove it. This is a very straightforward and simple procedure and, in some cases, may even be performed prior to a biopsy, depending on the consultant’s opinion. Percentage survival rates for the most common type of melanoma, called a BCC, is in the high nineties, and it’s no secret that early diagnosis is the best indicator of a full recovery.
Prevention of any sort of recurrence is vital, and both our consultants and medical aestheticians can recommend high SPF products which are suitable for your skin (you don’t want to resolve one problem and create another).