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Spotting unusual moles early gives the best opportunity for intervention and cure if any abnormalities are identified.
Here’s how to perform a thorough self-check for moles:
Before you start:
What to look for:
In summary, you are looking for an ‘unusual’ or ugly mole compared to the other moles.
It could be a fast-growing new mole or else a pre-existing mole that changes size, shape, and colour or starts to bleed, itch or redden. Read more in the ABCDE rule, which describes the features of early melanoma and is described in The Facts About Moles.
How to do your mole self-check:
What to do if you find a suspicious mole:
If you see any unusual mole activity or irregularities, then see a GP as soon as possible.
Malignant melanoma is a rare, but dangerous and deadly form of cancer. Early intervention gives the best possible chances for recovery, which is why regular mole checks are advised.
If the mole is not of medical concern, then it can still be removed. This is a popular choice for aesthetic reasons (e.g. people don’t like the look of the mole) or convenience (e.g. it catches on clothing).
Unfortunately, mole removal for non-medical reasons is not generally covered on the NHS so this would be in private clinics under local anaesthetic as a day case. Mole removal can be performed using laser mole removal or mole removal surgery, modern techniques which should only leave minimal scarring when performed by skilled and experienced doctors.
If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together mole removal FAQs just for you.
If you have more questions, you can use the mole removal questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts.
If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited mole removal clinics in your area.
Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Ross Perry who Established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 in the City of London.
As most of his patients already know, he is very much a perfectionist in all aspects of his work.
Ross’s private work consists of minor surgical procedures such as mole, wart, and skin tag removal using modern methods and techniques for minimal scarring.
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