Weybridge & Surrey Health > Mole Scanning Clinic – Ashtead / Mobile Service
WORRIED ABOUT MOLES OR SUN DAMAGE?
Skin Cancer – Early detection saves lives!
Get the reassurance you need by having your skin checked by a Specialist with immediate results.
Skin Cancer – The Facts
Skin cancer is on the increase in the UK. Cases of malignant melanoma have risen by 2,000 per cent in the last 60 years.
It has the fastest growing number of incidents of all cancers in the UK, with Surrey having one of the highest rates.
People born in 1935 could have expected a one in fifteen hundred chance of developing the disease in their lifetime. For people born in 2000 that chance is now 1 in 74 and, if we don’t change our habits, it may even be as high as 1 in 7.*
There are three main forms of skin cancer:
1. Basal cell cancer (Rodent ulcer)
2. Squamous cell cancer
3. Malignant melanoma
Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, killing around 2300 people every year. It can be quite aggressive, spreading quickly.
Detecting even the smallest changes in a mole and early intervention can save lives.
* These figures are from Professor Martin Weinstock, a world expert in skin cancers.
Mole Scanning How Can the Mole Scanning Clinic Help You?
Are you worried about moles or sun damaged skin or have a mole or lesion that has changed- becoming larger, changing colour , itching, bleeding easily, scaly, crusty or non-healing?
At MOLE SCANNING CLINIC we provide a mole screening and scanning service not available on the NHS.
Our MOLE SCANNING & SCREENING process uses the latest technology in skin cancer accuracy. It is a first class service and is more likely to be accurate than checks done by GPs.
What happens during a Mole Scanning consultation?
A Specialist Nurse will take a history from you and make a risk assessment from previous sun or sun bed exposure, genetic and visual information. You will be advised on how to minimise your risk. Sun advice and skin cancer leaflets will be given.
If requested, a full body examination is performed using a magnifying aspheric lens, during which you will not be required to remove underwear.
If any unusual moles or lesions are found they are marked with a washable marker pen and a more accurate assessment is offered using a specialist camera.
No. Mole Scanning is a painless, non-invasive, safe and rapid investigation using a special camera that can analyse the structure of the skin 2mm. deep. It can detect many types of suspicious lesions at the early stages, before they become apparent to the naked eye. The information is stored to enable the potential for future comparisons.
How long will it take?
A full examination and assessment will take approx. 30 minutes. Individual mole scanning would take an additional 15 minutes per mole.
What happens next?
Mole Scanning is designed to give you immediate reassurance if the mole is found to be non-cancerous. A colour analysis print out of your moles is given to you to take home or to your GP or Dermatologist for advice on whether you need any further treatment. In some cases the nurse may want you to return to monitor your mole over time. This could avoid unnecessary removal in the future.
If you have any further questions the Specialist Nurse will be happy to answer them.
Mole Scanning FAQ
The most frequently asked questions are covered above in the MOLE SCANNING section.
Here are some other questions that we are asked:
Do I need a GP referral?
No, you can book directly. A doctor’s referral is welcome but not required.
I enjoy getting a tan by taking a holiday abroad every year. I don’t want to give it up but I am concerned about the long term effects of too much sun. I have a mole on my face that worries me but I don’t want to bother my GP. I would welcome a quick check up. Can you give me some advice without the nagging lectures?
Most of us enjoy the warmth of the sun on our skin. It makes us feel good.
By all means enjoy the sun but protect your skin with:
- A good quality sun screen, a higher UV factor the fairer you are
- A wide-brimmed hat
- UVA and UVB sun glasses
- Dark shirt
Try the Spanish way of life-a long lunch in the shade to avoid the midday sun followed by a ’siesta’.
We provide you with up-to date sun advice leaflets to take away and read over a cocktail watching the sun go down….. for peace of mind come in and get that mole checked out!
Is it important to have a full ‘top to toe’ examination when I only have one mole I am concerned about?
Often patients may have a particular mole that is worrying them which may in fact be innocent. During a full examination another mole or lesion that you had not noticed may be found to be suspicious.
The nurse will teach you what to look out for. However, you may have individual moles scanned if you wish.
How long will it take to get the results of my Mole Scanning?
Mole Scanning is designed to give you IMMEDIATE REASSURANCE of a non-cancerous mole unlike some Mole Clinics.
A colour analysis print out of your moles is given for you to take home or to your GP or Dermatologist for advice on what type of further treatment you may need if your mole is suspicious.
I don’t have any moles but I have something else on my skin that wont heal. Should I come to your Mole scanning Clinic to have it checked out?
Yes, it may not be obvious to you as a melanoma but there are other non-melanoma lesions that may need to be removed by a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon. If left it may be quite disfiguring. SO IF IN DOUBT CHECK IT OUT!
Mobile Mole Scanning & Screening Service
WE CAN COME TO YOU!
If you’d prefer that we come to you at your home, business or other suitable venue, we provide a mobile service.
- Convenience – Mobile mole scan nurses come to you
Individual prices based on distance within Surrey / South London.
Corporate DISCOUNT rates available based on distance and number of scans – small additional charge based on distance within Surrey / South London.
Areas covered include, but are not limited to Esher, Weybridge, Cobham, Oxshott, Kingswood, Epsom, Ashtead, Byefleet, Woking, Dorking, Reigate, Banstead, Tadworth and other areas in Surrey.
Also Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon, Putney and other areas of South London.
At the Mole Scanning Clinic I received a very thorough examination and the 2 areas of skin damage I’d been concerned about were scanned and assessed. The results showed that these 2 lesions were indeed suspicious. Additionally, the Nurse identified a 3rd lesion she felt should be checked. This was scanned and also had a score indicating that it was cause for concern.
I received very clear and useful advice and was given printouts of each lesion, scanned at various depths of up to 2mm. The printouts describe the type and size of the lesion and included 6 images of each: the location, colour, melanin, dermal melanin, blood and collagen.
This documentation together with a letter of referral to my GP has enabled me to get prompt appointments at St Peters Hospital Chertsey (under NICE guidelines) to have a mole and 2 rodent ulcers removed. The mole will be sent for further analysis and I will see a specialist dermatologist.
I’m pleased that I took the decision to make the appointment at the Mole Scanning Clinic and can strongly recommend this high quality service.” Chris Grace
How Do I Reduce My Risk Of Skin Cancer?
Cancer Research UK Sunsmart gives the following 5 recommendations to reduce your risk of skin cancer:
1. Spend time in the shade between 11am – 3pm
2. Make sure you never burn
3. Aim to cover up with a t-shirt or hat
4. Remember to take extra care with the children
5. never use anything less than factor 15+ sun screen and apply regularly
Contact Details for Mole Scanning Clinic
Saturday: 10.30am – 4pm
Bank Holiday times may vary.