Mole Checks

A special focus of my work as a dermatologist is the prevention and early detection of skin cancers, especially melanomas that can be fatal. Skin cancer screening, in which I scan your skin all over the body, forms part of your  visit. Moles are screened with the use of a dermatoscope. Suspicious lesions will be excised with a narrow margin and sent for histology.

Mole Removal

Any moles can be removed if they are cosmetically unacceptable. A shave excision is an acceptable procedure. These lesions are also sent for histology. Moles should not be removed to reduce the chance of developing melanomas, as they more commonly appear in previously normal skin.

Who is at Risk of Skin Cancer?

Individuals with:

  • Fair skin, light hair, light eye colour who sunburn easily
  • Large brown moles at birth
  • Unusual moles larger than 7mm, irregular in shape and multi-coloured
  • A history of blistering sunburns
  • Family history of malignant melanoma
  • Personal history of malignant melanoma

The warning signs of malignant melanoma are:

A – Asymmetry

B – Borders irregular

C – Colour multiple

D – Diameter >6mm

E – Evolution

  • Size - sudden or continuous enlargement
  • Colour - multiple shades of brown, black, mixing red, white and blue
  • Shape - irregular border
  • Elevation - raising of a part of a pigmented area that used to be flat
  • Surrounding skin - redness, swelling or pigment
  • Sensation - itchiness, tenderness or pain
  • Consistency - softening or hardening