Mole mapping

What is mole mapping?

Mole mapping involves the use of computerised digital dermoscopy. During the process, digital images of moles can be enlarged, analysed and stored for making comparisons at future visits to see if any new lesions have developed, or if pre-existing moles or lesions have changed in shape, size or colour. It is possible to identify cancerous moles (melanomas) which are not obvious to the naked eye at a very early stage. This also helps to avoid the unnecessary surgical removal of normal moles, so reducing unnecessary scars.

How does it work?

The process of mole mapping involves the use of very high quality digital images, which may include close-ups of moles that might be a cause for concern. Once Dr van Heerden has performed a skin examination and evaluated the dermoscopic images, he will confirm the diagnosis and recommend any necessary treatment.

If there are moles that are a concern, but haven’t reached the stage where they require removal, Dr van Heerden may recommend a follow-up mole mapping procedure after three or six months to check if they have changed in shape or size. In other cases, a routine follow-up is recommended once every one or two years.

Who should undergo mole mapping?

Mole mapping is recommended for anyone who has a lot of moles on his or her skin, particularly if they are large, or an unusual colour or shape. Those who have a family or personal history of melanoma should also consider regular mole mapping, as well as those with very fair skin, or those who have been severely sunburnt in the past. If you have noticed a mole that has changed in appearance, it is advisable to consult with Dr van Heerden.

Mole mapping is one of the most effective methods of diagnosing melanoma or risk at an early stage, often preventing the need for surgery and further treatment.

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DR J STEVE VAN HEERDEN

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases and is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden treats a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails and hair. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.

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