Skin cancer is a skin concern that many people are diagnosed with every year. However, when detected early, skin cancer is very treatable. Here at YourDerm.CA, we provide intensive mole mapping in order to identify early stages of skin cancer and implement the treatment necessary for ensuring the overall health of each patient.
What is Mole Mapping?
Mole mapping refers to a surveillance program intended to identify and diagnose melanoma at the earliest stage possible.Identifying and surveillancing the formation of new moles or changes in pre-existing moles, becomes increasingly beneficial for identifying suspicious melanoma and lesions associated with skin cancer. Mole mapping, is a comprehensive record used to determine whether a lesion of concern is new, or has changed, over time. During visits, if the formation of a new mole has changed, but does not meet the standards for removal, it can be reimaged and watch carefully over time. Mapping is essential for preventing the development of skin cancer and ensuring the optimal health of your skin.
How Does the Process Work?
Typically, a risk evaluation is first performed in order to identify family history, your skin type, and history of sun exposure.
A specialized skin examination can then be performed by one of our health care professionals.
During your visit, you will be asked to remove outer clothing if you have noticed the development of moles or lesions in hidden areas. Upon evaluation, marking spots on a outline drawing of you, can be performed in order to indicate the position of skin formations, such as moles and freckles, which need to be monitored.
Imaging and photographs of the skin surface may also be collected to further review them at a later date to identify if there are any changes, or new formations within the skin. Monitoring for changes in growth, color, or shape is essential for identifying potential skin cancer threats.
If suspicious moles or freckles are identified, a follow-up appointment can then be made in order to either remove, or continue surveillance, of skin concerns. Additional and routine follow-up visits are also recommended every one to two years in order to maintain skin health and overall relief from skin cancer.
Mole mapping is a critical tool in the prevention of skin cancer, and it can potentially save your life.
If you have noticed changes, or the development, of new moles or freckles, and would like to learn more about the benefits of mole mapping, reach out to the professionals here at YourDerm.CA. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards overall Wellness!