Track That Mole: A Guide to Self-Examination
Moles are dark growths on the skin that can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Most people have a common mole, which is usually less than 5 millimetres wide, is round or oval, has a smooth surface with a distinct edge, and is an even colour. While usually harmless, sometimes these moles can turn into melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer.
Fortunately, skin cancer can usually be stopped in its tracks if detected at an early stage, which is why learning how to self-examine your body can be a life-saving tool. While skin clinics like Claris Group provide mole tracking services, knowing how to check yourself in between visits to the skin clinic means there is less chance of any changes or new growths in moles and lesions going unnoticed.
When examining your body, you should look out for any new moles or growths, existing growths that are growing or changing significantly, and any lesions that change, itch, bleed or don’t heal. Learning how to recognize and understand these changes will help you identify any abnormalities if they arise, which could potentially save your life.
How to Self-Examine Moles
There are two strategies to use when trying to detect signs of melanoma.
- A The mole is asymmetrical.
- B The mole has an uneven border.
- C The mole is not a consistent colour.
- D The mole is bigger than 6mm in diameter.
- E The mole evolves or changes in any way.
If you notice any of these warning signs, contact your local skin doctor straight away.
The method behind this is to compare your moles with each other. If any mole stands out or looks significantly different from the surrounding moles, it’s the ugly duckling and should be checked by a doctor immediately.
Mole Tracking at Claris Group
In between self-examinations, it’s important to book in a professional full body mole tracking session. At Claris Group, we use a FotoFinder ATBM as an all-in-one imaging solution. It combines total body photography, dermoscopy and consistent mapping of moles. These photographs can be reviewed at a later date to check for any new skin lesions or changes in pre-existing ones.
Our FotoFinder software can compare mole images side by side, making the detection of changes in mole structures easier and much more accurate. The FotoFinder ATMB system also works alongside DermEngine, one of the most advanced systems in digital mole tracking technology, which provides detailed photographic imaging.
To find out more about the mole tracking process, contact our friendly team today.