It is highly important for people to check the moles on their bodies on a regular basis to be aware of any change that may appear in terms of color, size, shape and texture. Most changes are harmless and are due to a benign growth (non-cancerous) in the number of pigment skin cells. Nevertheless, it is also recommended to see a GP if you notice that one of your moles start to look suspicious.

During the consultation, the GP will question you about the recent changes in your moles and the approximate period when they began to manifest. Questions will also be asked about your family’s medical history to determine if you are genetically prone to melanoma.
The first check-up will consist in the examination of moles according to a series of rules called the ABCDE rules. They refer to:

Asymmetry – when the halves of a mole aren’t identical, symmetrical or equal
Borders – when the margins become irregular, serrated
Color – when the mole’s color changes noticeably
Diameter – when the mole changes its size, exceeding 6 mm in diameter
Evolution - when swelling appears, reddening of the mole and adjacent areas, bleeding, pus.

If there are only minor changes, the GP will analyze the mole with the help of the dermoscope to better and closer observe the changes and will take photos that he will be able to compare with those taken during a future consultation in order to determine if the situation evolves negatively or not. If the mole or atypical naevus presents any signs of malignant melanoma (cancerous), the GP will make you a further referral to a specialist according to the 14-day rule, meaning that you won’t need to wait more than 14 days to get examined by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.

The specialist doctor will then analyze the mole and decide if it is potentially cancerous or not. Anyway, if it has already suffered alterations, the best thing to do is to remove it; thus, the mole needs to be entirely removed through excision or any other surgical or non-surgical techniques. Following the removal surgery, the dysplastic naevus will be taken for further analysis within a pathological lab to determine if it actually is a malignant melanoma. If the results confirm it, several other tests will be required to find out if the cancerous cells have multiplied and spread throughout the body. A multidisciplinary team composed of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and skin cancer specialized nurses will handle your treatment to efficiently deal with the cancer, because if detected in an early stage, it can be completely cured.

Renew Skin & Health Clinic is the right place for such a consultation, taking into account the complete team of specialists and the latest technology it disposes of for the treatment of skin cancer.