The London Dermatology Clinic recommends that anyone with a mole that has undergone a change in appearance should come in to the skin clinic for mole analysis. These types of mole checks allow the dermatologist to determine whether or not these changes in size, colour or shape indicate that skin cancer is present.
“It was reassuring to see a specialist to check out a mole that has been troubling me after years of sun beds”. J.S Romford
Prevalence and Risk Factors
The vast majority of people have 10-40 moles on their body with up to 10% of these people having at least one mole with an atypical or unusual appearance. Moles that are changing in appearance may be becoming atypical moles which have a higher risk of becoming melanoma. Risk factors for atypical moles and melanoma include having fair skin, a history of sunburns, excessive sun exposure, radiation exposure and a family history. During mole analysis, the London Dermatology Clinic will discuss risk factors with patients having their moles examined.