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What does a mole check appointment involve?

A mole check appointment at OneWelbeck Skin Health & Allergy involves seeing a dermatologist who will take a sun-exposure history, and look at your risk factors for skin cancer. Then they will examine all your skin and use a dermatoscope (magnifying light) to look at the networks in your moles more closely. They will determine if your moles are all fine and if any might need further monitoring or removal.

How frequently should I have a mole check?

Your risk factors for skin cancer and the type of moles you have will determine how often you need your moles checked – this can vary from every 6 months to yearly in high-risk patients, to no regular review needed by other patients.

Should I only make an appointment if I have a suspicious-looking mole?

You can of course make an appointment if you are worried about a particular mole, but you may also benefit from a full mole check by the dermatologist if you have risk factors which include:

  • having fair skin and burning easily in the sun
  • living in a very sunny place for more than 1 year
  • having a family history of skin cancer or abnormal mole
  • working outdoors
  • having outdoor hobbies where you might be exposed to a lot of sunshine
  • taking immunosuppressive medications
  • having illnesses that reduce your immune system
  • if you have used sunbeds in the past
  • if you have previously been diagnosed with sun-damage or skin cancer

What happens if the consultant finds any abnormalities?

A consultant may arrange to take a biopsy (a sample) or remove the entire mole or lesion to send it off for a histology analysis to find out of the mole is benign (harmless), atypical, dysplastic (abnormal), or malignant (cancerous).