Diamond SkinSafe is the most advanced skin cancer service for immediate peace of mind and a life free of worry about skin cancer.
Most people rely on family and friends to pick up or watch their suspicious skin growths and moles. Seeing a doctor and then waiting for specialist assessment and treatment can mean many weeks of worry and asking yourself, “Could it be cancerous? Could it spread?”
Sun screens and sun protection did not really exist 30-40 years ago and sun damage in childhood is a major risk factor for skin cancer in later life. Spotting an advanced skin cancer is easy enough, but catching the earliest changes is a highly specialist area. Skin cancers generally have no symptoms.
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What happens on the day?
You will be seen by a senior specialist, with or without a junior specialist present. Details of your medical background, sun exposure background and family history will be recorded.
You will be required to undress down to the undergarments and a female chaperone is always present. The first examination position is lying on your front with arms above your head, palms facing down. Your specialist will then examine each area covering the feet, lower legs, thighs, back (torso), neck area and arms. The second examination position is lying on your back, arms above your head, palms facing up. Each area is examined as before including the face and forehead.
Within each area, some moles or freckles may be selected for a detailed photographic and dermoscopic record. They are generally the darker or more irregular looking moles and the purpose of recording is to ensure that they are stable (unchanged) despite the unusual appearance. These will be marked with a washable skin marker during the examination prior to photography. Sometimes, a (ultrasound) gel is applied to the skin for the dermoscopic photograph.