Mole Check & Mole Biopsy Information
Concerned about a mole?
For complete peace of mind, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin & Laser Clinic offers mole scanning.
Why should I have a Mole check?
Malignant Melanoma is now the most common cancer in adults aged 15-34. Melanoma usually starts as a dark mark that looks like a mole and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. The good news, however, is that Melanoma and other skin cancers are far more treatable when detected early.
Mole Biopsy - how does it work?
Molemate™ is a non-invasive, quick and painless skin cancer screening device that has been specifically designed with and for skin specialists and general practitioners.
MoleMate™ is a hand-held scanner using software that uses SIAscopy, the skin imaging technology that scans and visualises haemoglobin, melanin, dermal melanin and collagen up to 2mm under the skin.
This means you can be confident our medical practitioners are making an accurate diagnosis and reducing the need for biopsies and excisions of moles that are not suspicious. Regular examinations allow for comparisons with previous scans to detect changes at an early stage. Mole removal can go ahead once the lesion has been scanned and analysed.
Mole Scan - what can I expect?
Using the handheld MoleMate™ SIAscope, a qualified practitioner will quickly and painlessly scan each mole that requires detailed examination. Images are displayed on a computer screen and analysed by your practitioner.
You will be able to see on the computer screen every stage of this analysis procedure and will be able to ask any questions you may have. At the end of the analysis you will receive an accurate diagnosis and report.
MoleMate™ will make it possible for doctors to identify the best course of action for an unusual mole during your first consultation.
Your practitioner can also assess your risk of developing skin cancer and advise you regarding skin care and sun protection as well as how to determine if changes in your moles occur between visits.
After the analysis of the lesion, Mole Mate™ sends us a diagnosis report. If your medical practitioner finds a suspicious lesion, we can immediately arrange for it to be sent away for a histology report at the local hospital. Results can be sent to you as quickly as seven days.
Please ask your medical practitioner for more details on the day of your consultation or Mole Mate™ screening.
How many treatments will I need?
We recommend that you have a scan once a year.