What is Mole Mapping?
Mole mapping is the most effective surveillance program designed to detect skin cancer especially melanoma at a very early stage. A set of Total Body Photography images are taken at the first appointment to establish a base-line of the all the moles and spots present on your skin. These photos are used at subsequent follow-up mole mapping appointments to check for new or changing moles. Most melanomas appear as a new mole. Then, using Mole Max technology, individual microscopic images of carefully selected moles are taken and stored for diagnosis by the doctor and for future digital comparison. There are many specific dermatoscopic features specific to melanoma and other skin cancers that can be seen by MoleMax but not by the naked eye. Our recall system is an integral part of this surveillance program as rechecking body images and doing digital comparisons on individual moles enables us to detect melanomas and other skin cancers at an early stage. Early melanomas that are less than 1mm in depth have a survival rate of 96-100%.
Our Melanographers need to carefully check your entire body from the scalp, to between the toes, finger & toe nails and under the feet. It is important that they are able to look through your hair and to examine your skin without any impediments.
NB: So please NO MAKE UP, NAIL POLISH, SUNSCREEN OR MOISTURISER.
At Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre we provide many services directly relating to skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Full body Mole Mapping takes up to one hour. This includes mole and lesion photography, skin cancer education, full body dermoscopy, microscopic MoleMAX images and the doctor’s consultation.NO GP REFERRAL REQUIRED FOR THESE SERVICES.
Some private health funds refund on mole mapping procedures. These include People Care and CBHS (Commonwealth Bank Health Service).