How does a dermatologist check a mole for cancer?
The very first and important part of our assessment is the history. It might sound a bit odd, but one of the first things a dermatologist will ask you is the precise history of any mole you are worried about and that is because there are very specific changes that a skin cancer would go through as opposed to a normal mole. There are very specific rules about the duration of skin cancers and the duration of normal moles.
Even if you do not have exactly the dates or duration of your skin lesion, an approximation will help.
A magnifier is a special tool that magnifies the skin about the twice the normal size and allows us to look for any early signs of skin cancer on the surface of the skin.
However, the real skill in early skin cancer detection comes from using a dermatoscope.
This instrument magnifies the skin 10x, but more importantly it has a polarised light within it that goes about a millimetre under the surface of the skin. So, what we’re looking at is changes under the surface of the skin at 10x magnification. This ensures any changes that might lead to skin cancer are caught at a very early stage.
I visited the clinic for a routine mole check and was very pleases with the treatment I received. Dr Rallan and his nurse were very thorough and explained everything fully. I will definitely visit the clinic on an annual basis to have my moles checked and would recommend this service to other people!
I have a considerable number of moles and blemishes. The consultation reassured me that none give cause for concern. I am now more aware of the likely appearance of suspect moles.
I could not have wished for better attention. How lucky we are to have such a facility to be able to receive quick and efficient treatment.Everything 1st Class, you will see me again in the future no doubt!