Moles can be defined as black or brown outgrowths that develop on your skin throughout your life. It is very common among people. Most moles start to grow from childhood and through to adulthood. Their appearance often changes through the life cycle and may grow hair as you age.

A majority of the moles are harmless and stop growing after a certain period. However,  a few of the moles may grow bigger to become skin tumours. Therefore, it is important to check and monitor the growth of moles in your body. This way you could keep track of the development of moles and also help with the early detection of skin cancer or melanoma.

Mole check Melbourne is the process of tracking the growth of the moles as and when they grow on your skin.

What is mole mapping?

Mole mapping or mole check can be defined as screening or tracking of the moles on your skin to identify cancerous moles and detect the early signs of skin cancer or melanoma. It is an innovative technique within dermatology that facilitates the early detection of melanoma.

Mole check Melbourne allows Accredited Skin Cancer Doctors to conduct non-invasive observation of the skin, with the help of a Dermatoscope: a lens with a non-polarized or polarised light source with a transparent plate, to provide comprehensive information on the features and characteristics of moles and lesions.

With the development of new imaging techniques like dermatoscopy for mole check Melbourne, accredited skin cancer doctors can now screen and track the moles, segregate normal moles from cancerous moles, and help with early detection of skin cancer.

The dermatologist or Skin Cancer Doctor uses the dermatoscope to identify the abnormal moles which would require a biopsy for additional testing at the pathology. After the results from pathology testing confirm that the mole is problematic, the excision procedure is performed by the doctor to remove the mole.

What is the importance of mole check or mole mapping?

Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer wherein the melanin cells, which are called the pigment-producing cells in the skin, are overgrown. These melanin cells are generally found in the skin’s outer layer. They produce dark pigments that cause tanning and darker skin tones.

Melanoma growths can mainly be non-cancerous and might appear as normal freckles or moles. However, they may outgrow and transform into cancerous moles. Melanoma can be classified into different categories depending on the amount of spreading into the skin:

  • ‘in situ’ –  It means that the melanoma is superficial or only on the skin surface.
  • ‘Invasive’ – It means that the tumour or melanoma has spread to different layers of the skin.
  • ‘Metastatic’ – It means that the tumour or melanoma has spread deeper into the tissues.

It is very important to detect skin cancer early. If the lesion or the tumour is thin, surgery can be curative. However, if the moles or the lesions grow into advanced stages, then, seeking holistic treatment becomes more complicated. Therefore, it is better to do a mole check in Melbourne to map your moles and track the growth of any unnatural moles in the body. It also allows you to detect and cure the issue before it turns into major concerns.

Benefits of mole mapping

The benefits of mole mapping or mole check in Melbourne include:

  • Allows objective comparison of moles on successive visits and detects any change in the shape, size and pigmentation of the moles.
  • Detect the emergence of new moles and monitor the growth of the existing moles
  • Prevents unnecessary surgery by offering a proper diagnosis of the moles
  • Allows clinical diagnosis with greater precision
  • Can effectively distinguish the skin tumours from the harmless benign lesions
  • Mole check  or mole mapping is a painless, non-invasive and harmless procedure

If you are exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, then you must do mole mapping at regular intervals to check the mole growth.

Mole mapping Melbourne is a wonderful preventive procedure that can help in the early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. 

Dr Shobhna Singh is an accredited skin cancer doctor with vast experience in screening and tracking moles and detection of melanoma or skin cancer. She first conducts a detailed screening of the moles in your body to determine their features and characteristics and then recommends the right treatment to get rid of the problematic moles. 

If you want to talk to our expert Dr Shobhna Singh for a mole check Melbourne, you must visit Nitai Medical and Cosmetic Centre today.