Moles / Mole Checks / Mole Screening

Examining and diagnosing moles takes several years of experience and even then it can be difficult sometimes.

Moles are collections of pigment cell and are referred to as melanocytc naevi
These can be benign melanocytc naevi
Junctional melanocytc naevi
Compound naevi
Intradermal naevi
Atypical / dysplastic naevi

Malignant melanoma can arise in some cases from pre-existing naevi – so if you notice a mole that has changed sin size shape colour or has started to bleed or itch then it may be worthwhile seeing you GP to get it checked and to make sure its not an malignant melanoma

If your GP is not sure they will probably refer you to a dermatologist who can then use his/her experience with moles and dermatoscopic examination to decide whether you need a biopsy or excision of the mole.

For those who have losts and lots of moles, self examination using 2 long mirrors and or digital photography is worthwhile. Sometimes it can be useful to be seen by your GP or dermatologist from time to time to check if any moles are changing.

The ugly duckling sign can sometimes guide whether a mole needs to be removed or not. This generally describes a mole that looks different to others on the body.

If you have a mole that looks different to all your other moles then this ugly duckling sign may suggest a check up is needed

 
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