Why You Should Consider Mole And Skin Cancer Screening
With a team of expert Consultant Dermatologists who specialise in moles and skin cancer screening, you can be assured you’re in safe hands at Cedars Dermatology, a renowned skin clinic in Elstree. In this post, we’ll outline what the treatment involves and who could benefit.
About skin cancer screening
By taking a look at your medical history and inspecting any moles with a dermatoscope (a special, handheld magnifier), we can check to see if there are any patterns and if the moles are harmless or not. If removal is needed for testing, we only use experienced Dermatopathologists to do so.
About mole mapping
If you have lots of moles (more than 50), especially irregular ones, it’s recommended to book in for our mole mapping service. This involves a skin review from a qualified Dermatologist, followed by body photography, which can help identify changes in moles over time and can identify skin cancers early on.
About confocal microscopy
This cutting-edge technology uses laser-assisted microscopes to check moles at a deeper level than with a dermatoscope. While it’s used more as a research tool, it is available to private patients.
Who could benefit
These treatments are key in those who are concerned about developing skin cancer. The latest research, from 2016, shows that skin cancer is the fifth most common in the UK,* with over 8,000 cases reported that year. One of the main causes of skin cancer has been identified as UV radiation from the sun, so people with fairer skin, and sun-seekers who regularly use tanning beds, are more at risk from skin cancers.
There might also be some inherited genes that increase the risk too, and those who have ultraviolet light treatment for certain types of skin conditions, such as psoriasis, can be more likely to develop it.
Qualified, skilled and friendly, our Therapists and Consultant Dermatologists combine decades of experience to ensure you get the very best treatment. Our Consultants include Dr Anjali Mahto, who consults on skin, hair and nail disorders and has trained at Imperial College Healthcare, as well as being a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation; and Dr Nisith Sheth, who is committed to cosmetic training and safety, has trained around the globe, and is on the board for the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group.
Next steps after skin cancer screening
If you’re concerned about your skin or moles, regularly use sunbeds and/or are fair-skinned, it’s recommended that you book in with us at Cedars Dermatology skin clinic, Elstree. for treatment. It’s easy to do – simply visit our contact page and fill out the booking form. For a list of other skincare, from treating rosacea to acne, visit our treatments page.