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It’s important to be aware of your skin and regularly check your moles, both old and new. If you have a history of sunburn as a child or have used sunbeds, you could be at higher risk of skin cancers, so it’s especially important to have any moles or skin irregularities inspected thoroughly by a skin specialist
At The Edinburgh Clinic we offer skin cancer and mole screening services with a range of specialists, including Consultant Dermatologists who specialise in skin surgery and minor surgery specialists.
Our Private GP Minor Surgery and Skin Specialist Dr Terrina Dickson covers the facts and top tips.
Skin cancer facts
The following facts about skin cancer have been provided by Cancer Research UK:
Around 35 people every day were diagnosed in the UK with skin cancer in 2010.
There is a 1 in 80 lifetime risk of developing melanoma
Over the last thirty years, rates of malignant melanoma in Great Britain have risen faster than any of the current top ten cancers.
In the UK, people aged 65 and over are more likely to be diagnosed with late stage malignant melanoma than younger people.
The most common site for men to develop a malignant melanoma is on the chest or back. For women it is on the legs.
People from the most affluent areas are more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma than those from the more deprived areas.
Tips for reducing your risk
Sunscreen – apply regularly, ideally every two hours and use a minimum of SPF15
Cover up – wear sarongs, long sleeved tops or wraps
Sunglasses – choose glasses that block UV radiation to protect the eyes
Avoid glare – beware water and sand both reflect UV radiation
Avoid midday sun
It is important to regularly check your moles especially if you have fair skin and tend to burn easily. Any suspicious moles should be checked by a doctor or specialist in skin cancer and mole screening.
Checking your mole
When checking your moles it is important to know what to look for. You can keep an eye on the health of your skin, but if you are concerned about changes in any moles of skin areas, an expert is on-hand at The Edinburgh Clinic for full assessment and management. Things to look out for when checking your moles include:
Is it increasing in size?
Is it changing shape and becoming irregular?
Is it changing colour?
Moles may become itchy or painful and may bleed or become irritated – this is not always a worrying sign but if you are concerned, see an expert and have it checked out.
Mini Mole Screen: 15 minute consultation - £100 (1 or 2 moles)
This is our most popular screening service and involves an initial close examination of the mole in question. The mole is examined using a dermatoscope (a non-invasive diagnostic device for taking images of moles and other skin lesions). These images are securely stored and can be used for comparison at a later date if required.
How long does it take?
Patients with one or two moles that they are concerned about can be seen in a 15 minute consultation
Full Body Mole Screen: 30 minute consultation - £280
Includes a Sun Risk assessment, Full body skin examination includes:
Skin Lesion Assessment
Screening for all forms of skin cancer
Images of Moles and skin lesions using a Handyscope. Images are reviewed by The Doctor during the consultation and recommendations discussed.
Images are uploaded to a secure server to be stored for future comparison.
Occasionally the doctor will recommend a mole to be reassessed following initial screening - this is a 10 minute appointment and is included within the initial charge.
Patients invited to join the annual recall list. These patients will receive a letter yearly inviting them to attend for a further full body mole screen. Patients can opt out of the recall programme at any time.
Mole Screen Annual Recall: 30 Minute Consultation - £230
Patients will receive a letter inviting them to book a full body mole screen. They will need to bring their letter with them to confirm eligibility for discounted rate. Discounted rate is valid for booking made within one month of the letter month - e.g. September recall letter - discounted rate valid until end of October.
Following a mole check you may decide to have your mole or moles removed. This is a very quick and simple procedure performed under local anaesthetic. Our mole removal service with our Skin Specialist Doctor starts from £395 for removal of one mole which includes pathology testing.
The Edinburgh Clinic also offers a corporate mole screening clinic. Learn more here