South Africa has one of the highest incidences of malignant melanoma in the world. Many factors can affect the prognosis of a patient with this type of skin cancer. Skin screening and early detection can make all the difference.
Durban Cosmetic Laser Centre offers mole mapping to our customers. Each mole is photographed with a specialised dermoscopic camera. All mapped moles are checked by the built in mole mapping software, as well as by the in-house dermatologist.
Durban Cosmetic Laser Centre uses the microDERM® imaging system by German based Visiomed, which was developed within the course of the largest worldwide study for computer-assisted early recognition of skin cancer. Contact us to find out more about our mole mapping procedure or read on to find out more.
Gallery: Microderm Mole Mapping
Who should be mole mapped?
In an ideal world, every adult over the age of 18 years. Practically speaking the following people should have mole mapping:
- Patients with many moles
- Patients with atypical moles
- People with fair skin and a history of excessive sun exposure
- Patients with a personal history of melanoma
- Patients with a family history (1st degree relatives) of melanoma
- Finally anyone who is concerned about his moles.
How often should one be mole mapped?
This would depend on the patient’s risk analysis. Most people require an annual visit. However following the diagnosis of a melanoma, patients are seen every 3-6 months, for the following 2 years. This is then followed by annual visits and heliocare sun protection. Is it important that mole mapping is performed by properly trained specialists and dermatologists.