Mole mapping

Digital mole mapping is a screening technique endorsed by both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society. It is intended to identify skin cancer lesions at the earliest possible stage when it is curable with comparatively minor surgery.

Am I a right candidate for mole mapping?

Mole mapping is the most beneficial for people who have:

  • Family history of melanoma;
  • Personal history of melanoma;
  • Too many moles (more than 50);
  • Atypical or dysplastic nevi;
  • Moles in the places that are difficult to reach;
  • Had one or more severe sunburn (even in childhood);
  • Noticed any changes of individual moles or freckles.

If you’re concerned of better control over your skin health, mole mapping could also be an appropriate option when you are a fair-skinned person living in the area with high solar insolation level (like many Florida inhabitants).

How mole mapping procedure is performed at Arsenault Dermatology clinic

Mole mapping exam consists of taking of serial measurements and then documenting the location of every mole on your body – even between your toes. This information is stored on Arsenault Dermatology’s HIPAA-compliant secure server with your medical records.

Mole Mapping In Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch

Mole mapping could be performed:

  • as a separate procedure (for preventive purposes);
  • as a part of your annual or semi-annual skin examination at the dermatologist office.

Our mole mapping program usually works in conjunction with our patients’ regular self-exams and annual medical checkups. This approach allows us to detect any changes in existing moles that could highlight possible skin cancer, or to notice irregular lesions early.

It is especially important for patients who have too many moles and challenge to track all the new growths with at-home tools. Our mole mapping system allows us to cut through the static and identify suspicious lesions fast. With Arsenault Dermatology’s digital mole mapping system, our staff will compare constantly updated baselines with your current mole pattern to ensure that everything is under control.

Schedule a digital mapping procedure:

If you live in Bradenton or near Lakewood Ranch and are interested in having Arsenault Dermatology conduct a comprehensive mole mapping examination, please request an appointment online or call us at 941-907-0222.

FAQ

1) How much time does it take?

The average length of a mole mapping procedure is approximately 15-20 minutes.

2) Do I have to take off my clothes?

Yes, it is necessary because skin cancer might appear at any site of your body, not only on the spots that are usually exposed to the sun. You can continue to wear your underwear, but if you have moles under it, it is better to have them on your mole map.

3) How often do I have to repeat this procedure?

It depends on reasons for which you had to address this procedure. For most patients once a year is enough unless the other was recommended by your doctor.

4) Is there any downtime after this procedure?

Digital mole mapping requires only taking photos with the help of specialized medical equipment. You will be able to go back to work or return home immediately after the procedure.