Mole mapping provides the dermatologist with a way of keeping track of any moles on your body. In most cases, digital photography is used to take a series of pictures on the first visit. We will take note on the original photos of where these moles are located in order to monitor them in the future. You will also be given a copy of your photos so that you can keep track of any changes that may occur when you are on your own. In some cases, we may use an illustration of the body to mark the location of moles. However, digital photography is more common and more precise. When you come back for your follow up appointment, we will compare your moles with your previous photos. More pictures may be necessary at that time.
How Often Should You Have Mole Mapping?
The goal of mole mapping is to provide us with a point of reference each time your skin is evaluated. This will make it possible to know for certain if there are any new moles. If your moles have changed since your last visit, we will be able to identify those changes immediately. At that point, it will be possible to determine if further action is taken. You may need to have a biopsy. We may opt to completely remove a mole that is a concern and perform any additional testing. If it is determined that you have skin cancer, we will work with you to pursue the best treatment options.
Why Should You Have Mole Mapping?
Mole mapping is recommended if you have a family history of skin cancer. If you have moles and you have been the victim of numerous sunburns, mole mapping is a wise choice. If you have any large moles, moles that have changed, or new moles that have appeared, mole mapping will help us keep track of what is happening with your skin. It is extremely important that you catch melanoma in its early stages. Melanoma is the most serious of all types of skin cancer. It can travel to other parts of your body, including your organs. When you are proactive and treat it in the beginning, the cure rate is much higher.
Talk Us About Mole Mapping Today
You can never be overly cautious with your skin. If you are concerned about moles on your body or you simply want to be aware of what is happening with your skin, ask us about mole mapping. Contact Derm.CA in Calgary to schedule a consultation.