At Mole Check Clinic, we offer professional mole mapping in Melbourne as part of our skin cancer screening services. On this page, you can find useful information about digital mole mapping and mole screening in Melbourne, including some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from patients at our skin cancer clinic.
Full body mole mapping (full body photography) is a technique of making a record of the entire body surface and the positions of individual moles or lesions. A body mole map allows for the ability to compare current and past photographs of moles on the body with photographs taken in the future. Creating a mole road map is the best method of monitoring the appearance of new moles.
A mole map involves taking a series of 28 photographs that cover the entire surface of the body. These photographs are then stored in a database where they can be compared with past and future mole map photos.
A skin cancer check involves a specialised skin cancer doctor examining the skin from head to toe with a special device called a dermatoscope. Any moles or freckles will be closely examined and will be tested if they exhibit signs of skin cancer.
At Mole Check Clinic, we perform full body mole mapping in conjunction with a full body skin cancer check.
Mole mapping utilises sophisticated digital mole mapping software:-
The mole map procedure itself is non-invasive. A person will be asked to undress to their underwear (underwear and bra for women). The process of taking photographs of every section of the body then begins. As the photos are taken, it may be necessary for the operator to stop and check them periodically to make sure the accuracy, focus and the position are all correct.
At our mole screening clinic, we use the most advanced digital mole mapping software (Dermengine) and optics available on the market. This technology breaks down the body into 28 sections to make sure that the entire skin surface is covered.
In addition to storing photographs, our software provides inbuilt tools which assist greatly in diagnosis of different types of precancerous moles and skin cancer. One of the most important features of the mole mapping technology is the ability to identify new spots or lesions.
With new developments in software and optics and the ability to store large amounts of data, mole mapping has become a powerful tool for the diagnosis of skin cancer.
Mole mapping can take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, making early detection of melanoma essential. Melanoma or another form of skin cancer may develop very slowly without presenting any symptoms or obvious signs of drastic change. Mole mapping can greatly improve the chances of detection at the earliest possible opportunity.
At Mole Check Clinic mole mapping may be performed after the full body skin cancer check. We offer special promotional prices on a regular basis. View our fees to find out more about our skin check and mole mapping costs.
When preparing for your full body mole mapping, we ask that you do not wear any fake tan, makeup or nail polish. You should also wear plain-coloured underwear to the mole mapping session.
Excessive body hair may interfere with good quality photographs, in which case you may consider shaving prior to your mole map appointment.
Loose clothes that are easy to remove are recommended. We do not require you to take your bra and underwear off. However, you may request to take photos of those regions if you feel comfortable to do so. Alternatively, you could ask the doctor to examine those areas for malignant signs without taking photos.
While some General Practitioners can provide a skin cancer check service, there are only few GP clinics that are equipped with the technology to do so. For this reason, visiting a specialised skin cancer clinic such as Mole Check Clinic is recommended.
The cost of a biopsy will depend on whether a minor biopsy or a standard excision biopsy is needed. At Mole Check Clinic, we perform a minor biopsy for $87 and a standard biopsy for $140. These prices are after the Medicare rebate. View more information on our fees page.
Doctors are able to check spots for skin cancer by closely examining them for suspicious signs that may indicate skin cancer, such as a change in colour, shape, outline, loss in symmetry and other indicators. When skin cancer is suspected a biopsy of the mole is performed.
No, a doctor’s referral is not necessary to arrange mole mapping in Melbourne. Patients can simply make an appointment with our mole screening clinic directly.
The doctors and support staff at Mole Check Clinic are committed to helping patients by promoting the values of earliest detection, self-examination and regular check-ups by qualified practitioners. For detailed monitoring of the moles and spots on your body, make an appointment for a thorough full body skin cancer check at Mole Check Clinic. You can also find out more about the skin check and mole mapping costs here.