Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. The main cause is over exposure to sunlight, especially sunburn. Family history is also an important risk factor. If you live in Australia (based on current statistics) there is a 2 in 3 chance that you will develop some form of skin cancer in your lifetime. It is important to perform regular mole checks and look for changes in your skin. In the treatment of any skin cancers, early detection and removal is the best defence.
Brighton Plastic Surgery utilises MoleMap - one of the most trusted and thorough mole mapping technologies in the world. There is one universal truth about melanoma, it is change. MoleMap is more than a point-in-time assessment - it is an ongoing solution to help detect melanoma at the earliest stage possible by monitoring changes in your skin.
Everyone can benefit from MoleMap especially if you experience one or more of the factors listed below:
- have many moles
- have any moles that look odd or irregular
- have moles that are changing in size or colour
- have itchy moles
- or any one in your family has had skin cancer
- have a history of severe sunburns early in life
- are fair skinned and have light coloured eyes
- often spend time outdoors
- have used sunbeds in the past
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and may appear without warning, but it may also begin in a mole or other dark spot in the skin. If you check your skin regularly, you will become familiar with what is normal for you and what may have changed since you last looked.
The following guideline has been very effective at aiding the early identification of superficial spreading melanomas. Superficial spreading melanoma can have any one of the following criteria:
- Asymmetry - The shape of one half does not match the other.
- Border - The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred or irregular in outline; the pigment may spread into the surrounding skin.
- Colour - The colour is uneven. Shades of black, brown and tan may be present. Areas of white, grey, red, pink or blue may also be seen.
- Diameter - Sizes changes and usually increases. Typically melanoma are at least 6mm in diameter.
To book a Mole Map Consultation call Mole Map Australia directly on 1 800 665 362 and request a Mole Map consultation with Brighton Plastic Surgery. Mole Map will book the appointment for you and answer any questions you may have. You will then attend your appointment with us here at Brighton Plastic Surgery.
Alternatively visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.