Mole Screening

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.

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.
  • 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

Early detection

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.

Molescreening at The Edinburgh Clinic

Mini Mole Screen: 15 minute consultation – £100

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:

  • Mole Assessment
  • 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 recommed a mole to be reassessed following intial 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.

Mole Screening Consultants