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  • Is mole removal carried out under a general anaesthetic?

    Mole removal is only carried out under local anaesthetic. It's a very quick and straightforward procedure and takes about 20 minutes.

  • Is it possible to have a non-cancerous mole removed?

    It is possible to have non-cancerous moles removed purely for aesthetic reasons. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon would be able to do this for you. Obviously, anything that is potentially removed from the skin can leave a scar, but moles are commonly removed for cosmetic purposes.

  • Why do people get more moles with age?

    It's very common to get more moles as you get older. And it's very common to get moles until about the age of about 40 or so. Moles also increase in number and become darker during pregnancy and during hormonal changes. But moles tend to develop over time, predominantly due to cumulative UV exposure over the years.

  • What’s the best way to monitor my moles?

    Sometimes it can be difficult to monitor, you can get a partner to have a look at them on a regular basis on your back, for example, or take photographs yourself and look for any changes. Alternatively, you can come and see a specialist and they can monitor it for you on a regular basis.

  • Are all Dermatologists qualified to assess moles?

    It can be important to see a mole specialist to be able to determine whether a mole is abnormal or cancerous. Sometimes, a lot of the time, a biopsy or surgical procedure isn't needed to find out. It can be done on either visual inspection and, in particular, using dermoscopy, which is a particular type of magnifying light which uses cross-polarised light, or immersion dermoscopy, to determine whether a mole is cancerous or not.

  • How important is it to see someone quickly if I am worried about my mole?

    It's important to seek medical attention quickly if you think that your mole is changing or if it shows any features that show that it's changing its size, its shape, or its colour.

  • How should I check my own moles ?

    It is a good idea to perform self-examination of moles. And the best way to examine your own skin and do your own mole checks is ideally after a bath or a shower, in good light, with the help of a full-length mirror. And people should be aiming to do this once a month. In terms of what you're looking out for, you are looking initially for any changes within your moles, anything that changes in its size, its shape, or its colour, or anything new that appears on the skin, or anything that looks completely out of keeping with your usual skin. So for example, if you have a lot of pale brown moles and you suddenly develop one that is either very, very dark or very, very light, that's out of keeping for yourself, that's a sign to get things checked out.

  • What are the treatments for cancerous moles or skin cancer?

    There are lots of treatments for skin cancer nowadays. They range from cream treatments and more destructive treatments to surgery and radiotherapy.

  • How are cancerous moles diagnosed?

    If you see a dermatologist, and the dermatologist is concerned that your mole may be cancerous, they will perform a biopsy. And they will remove the mole in its entirety. The sample is then sent off to the lab and analysed, and if there are any worrying cells or if there is signs of melanoma, usually then a second surgery is performed and a little bit more tissue is taken.

  • What is involved involved with a mole biopsy?

    So when a mole is removed, it is sent for biopsy, and biopsy simply means that the skin is tested and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells.

  • What is the difference between a mole and an insect bite?

    It's often quite easy to distinguish between a mole and an insect bite. A mole is usually brown and fleshy. An insect bite usually is red and comes up quite quickly and also goes away quickly, whereas a mole stays around and doesn't disappear by itself, usually.

  • What is the importance of seeing a specialist early?

    The quicker that moles are caught, the better, because they often can be treated at an earlier stage and have a higher success rate for cure.

  • What is the process for surgical mole removal?

    Surgical removal normally was quite straightforward. It's usually done under local anaesthetic, so you are usually awake for the procedure. An injection goes into the skin to make it numb and we remove the mole. Sometimes stitches are used, but sometimes they don't need to be. And then you have a dressing on and you just need to keep it dry for a day or two. And then you can resume activities, normal activities, after that, normally.

  • What should I do if I am worried about a mole?

    If you notice a change in your mole, it is a good idea to see a consultant dermatologist. Consultant dermatologists are extremely experienced, they look at moles a lot. They will use a tool called a dermatoscope to actually get a good idea of what the pigment network looks like. There are a number of ways you can come and see a dermatologist. One option is to go by your GP and a GP can do a referral. The alternative way is to actually find a dermatologist that you want to go and see in the private sector and you can call and make that appointment through their office.

  • What should I do if I am worried about my mole?

    If you are worried about mole changing shape or colour, it's worth going to see your GP in the first instance, or a specialist and getting them to have a look at it. If there's any concerns, they can refer on or treat it by removing the mole and sending for analysis.

  • When should I see a specialist about my mole?

    A good basic rule of thumb to know if a mole is abnormal is the ABCDE rule. So, for example, if the mole is asymmetrical, the border is irregular or notched, the colour is dark or changing, or there are set multiple colours within it, or it's enlarging, then it doesn't necessarily mean you have anything bad, but it's worth getting to a doctor to check it out.

  • Why is mole checking important?

    Mole monitoring is really important as part of your preventative health screening. Patients often ask about what the best way to monitor their moles is, and the ABCDE rule can be quite useful. So, A is the Asymmetry. So, does a mole look the same on both sides? Can you draw a line through it horizontally and vertically, and does it look the same? If it's asymmetrical, that is a bit of a warning sign. B is the Border of the mole. And the way that I think about that is, "Can I get a pen and can I evenly trace around the edge of the mole? Or are the edges quite jagged and you can't quite make out what's going on?" If a mole is quite irregular in its edges and you can't get that nice even border around it, that's a worrying sign. C is the Colour. And the colour of the mole, if there are more than two or three colours within a mole, that's an alarm sign. That's a sign you should go and see a dermatologist. D is the Diameter. And a mole, really, that's bigger than about half a centimetre, six millimetres, should be reviewed. And then E is Evolving Change. So, anything that changes in its size, its shape, or its colour, should be looked at.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Nisith Sheth explains the difference between a mole and an insect bite. An insect bite usually is red and comes up and goes away quickly, whereas a mole stays around and doesn't usually disappear by itself. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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It's often quite easy to distinguish between a mole and an insect bite. A mole is usually brown and fleshy. An insect bite usually is red and comes up quite quickly and also goes away quickly, whereas a mole stays around and doesn't disappear by itself, usually.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Nisith Sheth of Cedars says the quicker that moles are caught, the better, because they often can be treated at an earlier stage and have a higher success rate for cure. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:25   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

The quicker that moles are caught, the better, because they often can be treated at an earlier stage and have a higher success rate for cure.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Nisith Sheth says if you are worried about a mole changing shape or colour, it's worth going to see your GP in the first instance, or a specialist. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:32   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

If you are worried about mole changing shape or colour, it's worth going to see your GP in the first instance, or a specialist and getting them to have a look at it. If there's any concerns, they can refer on or treat it by removing the mole and sending for analysis.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Anjali Mahto says it's important to seek medical attention quickly if you think that your mole is changing or if it shows any features that show that it's changing its size, its shape, or its colour. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:23   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

It's important to seek medical attention quickly if you think that your mole is changing or if it shows any features that show that it's changing its size, its shape, or its colour.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Nisith Sheth from Cedars Dermatology says that surgical mole removal is normally straightforward. It's usually done under local anaesthetic; an injection goes into the skin to make it numb and the mole is removed. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:44   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

Surgical removal normally was quite straightforward. It's usually done under local anaesthetic, so you are usually awake for the procedure. An injection goes into the skin to make it numb and we remove the mole. Sometimes stitches are used, but sometimes they don't need to be. And then you have a dressing on and you just need to keep it dry for a day or two. And then you can resume activities, normal activities, after that, normally.

read more view less

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Nisith Sheth explains that to work out if a mole is abnormal, use the ABCDE rule. If the mole is asymmetrical, or there are set multiple colours within it, then get a doctor to check. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

8
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 0:39   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

A good basic rule of thumb to know if a mole is abnormal is the ABCDE rule. So, for example, if the mole is asymmetrical, the border is irregular or notched, the colour is dark or changing, or there are set multiple colours within it, or it's enlarging, then it doesn't necessarily mean you have anything bad, but it's worth getting to a doctor to check it out.

read more view less

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Anjali Mahto at Cedars Dermatology says it is possible to have non-cancerous moles removed purely for aesthetic reasons. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon would be able to do this for you. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:29   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

It is possible to have non-cancerous moles removed purely for aesthetic reasons. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon would be able to do this for you. Obviously, anything that is potentially removed from the skin can leave a scar, but moles are commonly removed for cosmetic purposes.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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When a mole is removed, it is sent for biopsy, explains Dr Nisith Sheth. Biopsy means that the skin is tested and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:25   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

So when a mole is removed, it is sent for biopsy, and biopsy simply means that the skin is tested and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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It is a good idea to perform self-examination of moles, says Dr Anjali Mahto. The best way is ideally after a bath or a shower, in good light, with a full-length mirror. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:56   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

It is a good idea to perform self-examination of moles. And the best way to examine your own skin and do your own mole checks is ideally after a bath or a shower, in good light, with the help of a full-length mirror. And people should be aiming to do this once a month. In terms of what you're looking out for, you are looking initially for any changes within your moles, anything that changes in its size, its shape, or its colour, or anything new that appears on the skin, or anything that looks completely out of keeping with your usual skin. So for example, if you have a lot of pale brown moles and you suddenly develop one that is either very, very dark or very, very light, that's out of keeping for yourself, that's a sign to get things checked out.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Mole removal is only carried out under local anaesthetic, explains Anjali Mahto, a consultant dermatologist at Cedars Dermatology based in London. It's a very quick and straightforward procedure and takes about 20 minutes. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:21   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

Mole removal is only carried out under local anaesthetic. It's a very quick and straightforward procedure and takes about 20 minutes.

read more view less

Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Nisith Sheth of Cedars Dermatology explains that consultant dermatologists (who are registered by the General Medical Council) will be qualified to test moles for cancer and remove them.
http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:32   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

It can be important to see a mole specialist to be able to determine whether a mole is abnormal or cancerous. Sometimes, a lot of the time, a biopsy or surgical procedure isn't needed to find out. It can be done on either visual inspection and, in particular, using dermoscopy, which is a particular type of magnifying light which uses cross-polarised light, or immersion dermoscopy, to determine whether a mole is cancerous or not.

read more view less

Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Mole monitoring is really important as part of your preventative health screening, says Dr Anjali Mahto of London-based skincare clinic Cedars Dermatology. The ABCDE rule can be useful. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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Mole monitoring is really important as part of your preventative health screening. Patients often ask about what the best way to monitor their moles is, and the ABCDE rule can be quite useful. So, A is the Asymmetry. So, does a mole look the same on both sides? Can you draw a line through it horizontally and vertically, and does it look the same? If it's asymmetrical, that is a bit of a warning sign. B is the Border of the mole. And the way that I think about that is, "Can I get a pen and can I evenly trace around the edge of the mole? Or are the edges quite jagged and you can't quite make out what's going on?" If a mole is quite irregular in its edges and you can't get that nice even border around it, that's a worrying sign. C is the Colour. And the colour of the mole, if there are more than two or three colours within a mole, that's an alarm sign. That's a sign you should go and see a dermatologist. D is the Diameter. And a mole, really, that's bigger than about half a centimetre, six millimetres, should be reviewed. And then E is Evolving Change. So, anything that changes in its size, its shape, or its colour, should be looked at.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Nisith Sheth of Cedars Dermatology discusses the best ways to monitor for changes in your moles, either by doing a self-examination or by having a regular check-up by a dermatologist. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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Sometimes it can be difficult to monitor, you can get a partner to have a look at them on a regular basis on your back, for example, or take photographs yourself and look for any changes. Alternatively, you can come and see a specialist and they can monitor it for you on a regular basis.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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If your dermatologist is concerned that your mole may be cancerous, they will perform a biopsy, suggests Dr Anjali Mahto, and the mole is removed entirely. A sample is sent off to the lab and analysed. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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If you see a dermatologist, and the dermatologist is concerned that your mole may be cancerous, they will perform a biopsy. And they will remove the mole in its entirety. The sample is then sent off to the lab and analysed, and if there are any worrying cells or if there is signs of melanoma, usually then a second surgery is performed and a little bit more tissue is taken.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Nisith Sheth of Cedars Dermatology discusses how skin cancer may affect different age groups and that older people are more likely to develop non-melanoma cancers. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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It's very common to get more moles as you get older. And it's very common to get moles until about the age of about 40 or so. Moles also increase in number and become darker during pregnancy and during hormonal changes. But moles tend to develop over time, predominantly due to cumulative UV exposure over the years.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Nisith Sheth of Cedars Dermatology says there are lots of treatments for skin cancer nowadays. They range from cream treatments and more destructive treatments to surgery and radiotherapy. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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 0:27   ChannelMoles PlaylistMoles FAQ  

There are lots of treatments for skin cancer nowadays. They range from cream treatments and more destructive treatments to surgery and radiotherapy.

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Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Nisith Sheth FRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Nisith is a Consultant in the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Unit of St John's Institute of Dermatology. He trained in the UK, Canada and the USA. He sees and treats all skin conditions. Nisith receives referrals from GPs and other specialists for his opinion on managing common and rare skin problems and complications following cosmetic procedures. He is invited to give lectures at the specialty conferences and advises the media and legal profession on a range of skin topics. Nisith sits on the boards of a number of national and European committees, including ones for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and the Royal College of Surgeons, that set standards for practice and training. He has represented dermatology patients' interests to government committees on cosmetic training and safety.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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Dr Anjali Mahto says that if you notice a change in your mole, it is a good idea to see a consultant dermatologist - they are extremely experienced because they study moles on the skin professionally. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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If you notice a change in your mole, it is a good idea to see a consultant dermatologist. Consultant dermatologists are extremely experienced, they look at moles a lot. They will use a tool called a dermatoscope to actually get a good idea of what the pigment network looks like. There are a number of ways you can come and see a dermatologist. One option is to go by your GP and a GP can do a referral. The alternative way is to actually find a dermatologist that you want to go and see in the private sector and you can call and make that appointment through their office.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist

Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)