The mole mapping process involves taking a series of 28-30 photographs of your body. The first time takes about 20 minutes. With follow-up visits, 20 minutes is spent on retaking photo and then approximately 20 minutes comparing both sets of photographs for changes.
What happens when you get a mole map?
They spray the mole, take a photo of it up close using a special camera, and mark it with a pen so they know it’s been done. They do this all over, from head to toe. Your photos get sent to an expert dermatologist who will review your file and prepare a report (which you should receive within 10 working days).
Can mole mapping detect cancer?
Mole mapping can help identify skin cancers early and, in some cases, reduces the need for biopsies. Those at high risk for skin cancer should talk with their doctor about the possibility of mole mapping.
What do you wear to a mole map?
Preparing for Mole Mapping
When preparing for your full body mole mapping, we ask that you do not wear any fake tan, makeup or nail polish. You should also wear plain-coloured underwear to the mole mapping session.
How long does it take to get melanoma results?
It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to get the results of your biopsy. You usually go back to your GP or skin specialist (dermatologist) for these. You need treatment to the area if the skin sample contains any cancerous cells. For example, surgery to remove the area completely, or other treatments such as chemotherapy creams.
How often should you get a mole map?
There’s a good reason we recommend having a MoleMap every year. That’s because around half of melanomas are new and don’t come from an existing mole1 — however, the earlier we detect something new or changing, the better the outcome.
How do you prepare for mole mapping?
Dry skin can make spots harder to examine. If you do have very dry or flaky skin, we recommend that you moisturise daily – preferably for a week or so before your skin check. If you are having mole mapping (i.e. total body photography), you should wear plain coloured underwear without a pattern.
Is mole mapping accurate?
There are automated systems available for mole mapping which are extremely accurate, but must be used in conjunction with a clinical examination by a doctor. When caught early at a stage where it is confined to the epidermis, melanoma is considered to be completely curable.
Is mole mapping worthwhile?
Mole mapping isn’t necessary unless you are at high risk of melanoma. Talk to your doctor if you’re worried about skin cancer.
Are mole maps worth?
Dermatologists agree that mole mapping can save both lives and money, as it helps specialists to detect deadly melanomas earlier, reducing the need for invasive surgery, expensive cancer treatments and palliative care.
Does Medicare cover mole mapping?
There is currently no Medicare rebate for mole mapping, and with prices ranging from $250 to $450, it is beyond the reach of many, especially high-risk patients who may need to have their photographs updated every year.
How much is a MoleMap appointment?
A MoleMap Skin Check is $149 – ideal if you’re considered low risk, have just a few moles of concern, or need a second opinion (note: doesn’t include skin-mapping over time).
What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?
Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.
What does Stage 1 melanoma mean?
In Stage I melanoma, the cancer cells are in both the first and second layers of the skin—the epidermis and the dermis. A melanoma tumor is considered Stage I if it is up to 2 mm thick, and it may or may not have ulceration. There is no evidence the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or distant sites (metastasis).
How long do biopsy results take for moles?
When will the biopsy results return? Results return within a few days. Results rarely, if ever, take more then 10 business days to return. If you have not heard back regarding your results, it is best to contact the dermatology clinic.