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Mole Mapping - Photo & Dermoscopy

Total body photography is the best way to identify and track potential changes in moles and lesions for early detection of possible skin cancer.

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How moles are formed

Melanoma is a skin cancer that commonly develops in melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin or pigment for the skin, hair and eyes. Melanocytes also form moles, and while most moles do not become melanoma they are also the most common place for melanoma to form. If a mole is changing it could be a sign of melanoma. Early detection, through mole mapping, of melanoma is very important as it has a cure rate when found in its early stage.

Am I a candidate for digital mole mapping?

If you meet any of the criteria listed below, you are at higher risk for melanoma and should consider digital mole mapping:

  • Multiple moles on your body
  • A history of melanoma in your family
  • A previous melanoma diagnosis
  • A previous diagnosis of dysplastic moles
  • Large and/or oddly shaped moles
  • Noticeably changing moles
  • A history of severe, blistering sunburns during childhood or adolescence
  • A history of tanning bed use
  • Very light skin/pale complexion

How often should digital mole mapping be performed?

Digital mole mapping should be performed every 6 to 12 months as recommended by your dermatologist.

Do I still need to get full body skin exams with my dermatologist if I do digital mole mapping?

Digital mole mapping with FotoFinder Bodystudio is only an aid for your dermatologist. You will still need to get full body skin exams by Dr Marks. Although, the digital mole mapping is very helpful, the software may not detect all new or changing lesions. Full body skin exams by Dr Marks are very important as they are not replaced by digital mole mapping.

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