Melanoma, skin cancer checks - FAQ

 

What about privacy and embarrassment issues?

We have both female and male Molecheck® doctors available. A Molecheck® skin cancer examination does not normally include an examination of the scalp, breast, buttock or genital areas. Patients should check these areas before undergoing the Molecheck® examination and advise the Molecheck® doctor to check any moles in these areas. (N.B. A scalp examination is best carried out with an assistant and by making multiple parts in wet hair). A chaperone is available for the Molecheck® examination, upon request.

 

What is a mole map?

The term ‘mole map’ is used in many different ways. Some doctors use the term ‘mole map’ to mean a dermoscopic check of moles to detect skin cancer, as undertaken at Molecheck®. A mole map means to others, a permanent dermoscopic scan of a mole. And to others, a mole map means a permanent record of all moles on the body. 

 

When is mole mapping used?

All Molecheck® examinations are conducted initially using a hand-held, surface microscope (dermoscope). However occasionally these assessments will also require a dermoscopic scan, (commonly known as a mole map) to be taken of individual moles. These permanent images are used when subsequent comparison is needed and to ensure that you are not subjected to unnecessary surgery. An initial examination using a dermoscope removes the need to generate a mole map of the entire body and increases the likelihood of early detection.

 

What should I wear to my Molecheck® skin cancer examination?

Female patients should wear separate top and bottom clothing. Patients should avoid wearing make-up, moisturiser and nail-polish.

 

Is any treatment given during the Molecheck® examination?

Areas which have the potential to become skin cancers later (pre-cancerous keratoses), can be treated with cryotherapy during the examination. Age-spots and sun-spots are also treated during the examination if requested. If surgical excision is required, this is carried out at a subsequent appointment. Plastic surgeons are available at both Molecheck® locations.

 

Does the Molecheck® examination hurt?

There is no pain involved with the Molecheck® examination itself. However, cryotherapy (used to treat pre-cancerous or benign unwanted lesions) can cause a very slight sting that does not bother most patients.

 

Is the Molecheck® examination safe during pregnancy?

The Molecheck® examination is totally safe during pregnancy.

 

How often should I have a Molecheck® skin cancer examination?

 The Molecheck® doctor will advise you about this at the conclusion of your examination. Although the Molecheck® examination is extremely thorough,a small number of lesions may become apparent in the time between examinations. It is therefore still very important to self-examine for changes in size, shape or colour of existing moles, or for any new mole or lesion. Any of these changes should be reported.

 

Does my GP receive a report on my Molecheck® examination?

With your permission, a report will be sent to your general practitioner.

 

 

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Principal and Founder of Molecheck® Dr David Langford, is New Zealand’s only doctor on the Board of the International Dermoscopy Society. He is internationally recognised for his expertise in skin cancer and melanoma diagnosis.