A mole may typically range in colour from pale brown to dark brown and can be found anywhere on the body. It can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, or have hair growing from it. Moles can in some cases develop into malignant melanoma (a serious type of skin cancer which requires early detection for successful treatment). Over the last 25 years the incidence of malignant melanoma has risen more than any other major cancer – largely due to excessive exposure to ultra violet light on holidays in the sun or from sunbeds.
Lifescan’s Mole Check (for those aged 18+) uses innovative scanning technology to investigate suspect moles quickly and painlessly and includes a full visual examination to ensure all moles are checked, not just the ones you can see. Using advanced skin imaging software in conjunction with SIAscopy, a unique infrared scanning technology.
By one of our screening technicians as an initial check of any specific moles you are concerned about, but also to ensure we check any moles that you can’t always see for yourself.
In order that our Consultant Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon can fully visualise any suspect moles after your appointment.
For any moles requiring further assessment, a handheld imaging probe is held against the mole for a few seconds. This shines four beams of light through the skin. The beams are reflected back by the skins different components and provide information about the characteristics of the mole and the tissue under it to a depth of approximately 2mm. The information obtained is presented as five detailed images (or SIAgraphs), which are then analysed for any potential signs of abnormality.
An initial verbal result will usually be available on the day of your appointment and this will be followed up by a full written report and a copy of the images taken within approximately 5 working days. Please note all images are reviewed and verified by our Consultant Dermatologist or Consultant Plastic Surgeon, prior to any report being sent out.
- The Mole Check is currently not available at all locations.- No