Why Mole Mapping is Important?

Mole mapping and checking

 

Mole mapping is an innovative technique within dermatology that facilitates the early detection of skin tumours and the tracking of moles. It allows to observe the skin in a non-invasive way, through a dermatoscope- a lens associated with a special light, and to provide additional information about the characteristics of the lesions. The images taken by the dermatoscope can be registered in a computer such that it becomes easy to keep a track of the changes occurring in moles, ultimately leading to melanoma.

Melanoma is a skin cancer that quickly invades lymphatic and blood vessels and metastasizes. It is responsible for about 90% of deaths caused by malignant skin cancer. The incidence of skin cancer, melanoma and nonmelanoma, grows alarmingly. Compared with all other skin cancer types, the specific incidence of melanoma suffered the greatest increase in recent decades, especially in people with clear skin tone.

The early detection of melanoma is very important because if the lesion is thin, surgery is usually curative. The development of new imaging techniques such as dermatoscopy allows an advance in the early detection of skin cancer. 

Advantages of mole mapping using dermatoscopy:

  • It is a harmless, non-invasive, painless method. 
  • Allows the moles to be compared objectively in successive visits and detects changes in size, pigmentation, shape, etc. 
  • Detects the emergence of new moles. 
  • Avoid unnecessary surgeries. There are moles that clinically look bad but with mole checking procedure, it is seen that they are benign and that therefore it is not necessary to remove them.
  • It allows to make a clinical diagnosis with greater precision. Mole mapping process makes the most superficial layer of the skin transparent and see the structures inside. 
  • It is able to distinguish skin tumours from other benign lesions such as seborrheic keratosis or angiomas. Sometimes the clinical diagnosis can be difficult but with the help of mole mapping, the diagnostic reliability is much higher. 

Genetic screening and lunar maps:

In the early detection of melanoma, doctors use a system called genetic screening, through which they map the moles of the skin and thus facilitate the localization of possible malignant cells. In this way, the study of changes in colour, volume or size of the spots can be done with greater precision, so that also the detection of skin cancer becomes even more preventive.

This type of tests is usually performed in patients who already have a family history of skin cancer. Since they are genetically more prone to the appearance of cutaneous tumours and to the development of melanomas, the elaboration of these lunar maps allows to detect more quickly any change that the skin experiences between visits.

Self-exploration for better detection:

This is recommended by most experts. Progressively reviewing the state of your dermis is essential to detect the early appearance of dangerous spots for our health. Performing a self-examination of the dermis before and after prolonged exposure to the sun is essential so that none of these skin lesions goes unnoticed before our eyes.

To carry out a good revision of the skin, it is essential to use a mirror that allows reaching the epidermal areas of less visibility. The back, the buttocks, the inner part of the thighs and even the genitals should be studied carefully to verify that there are no new moles in these areas that are not very obvious.

If, through self-examination, previously undiscovered skin characteristics are observed, the scheduled visit with the dermatologist is more than obligatory. Among the symptoms of the dermis that may call our attention are the asymmetry, which occurs when the same mole presents a different half to the other, or the presence of irregular edges, which at first glance is hard to define and rough to the touch.

On the other hand, if we observe more than three colours in the same mole or check that the spot exceeds 5 millimetres in size, we must also make a visit to the dermatologist. This is the most appropriate way to check if we are really faced with lesions, in the same way that it is a very effective way to control how these spots evolve with respect to their size.

Remove moles and nevi by laser after mole mapping:

The vast majority of intradermal moles can be excised through the laser, although depending on the case, they can also be removed by surgical intervention. It should be treated in any case of benign moles or small warts that, when supposing an aesthetic problem for the patient, obtain the medical consent to undergo this type of treatment.

The laser penetrates the skin and progressively seals the blood vessels that nourish the mole. It is an aesthetic method that does not require anaesthesia or involves excessive pain for the individual, so in about 20 or 30 minutes the stain can be removed without major complications.

Be Sure, Be Safe! Early Detection is Perfect for Skin Cancer Prevention

Tips for Skin Cancer prevention

 

Skin cancer is a disease whose incidence is increasing in our country gradually. There are, broadly speaking, two major types of skin cancer:

  • the nonmelanoma skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma),
  • The malignant melanoma.

The incidence of melanoma is 8 / 100,000 inhabitants per year and that of non-melanoma skin cancer is 160 / 100,000 inhabitants per year. Skin cancer is the most frequent of all those that affect the human being, with basal cell carcinoma being the most usual, although less aggressive, and malignant melanoma one of the most deadly and that can appear in young people, unlike other types of cancer.

Risk factors: Avoid them at all costs for skin cancer prevention!

In all types of skin cancer, sun exposure plays a fundamental role, but there are other factors as well, such as genetic predisposition, phototype (skin colour, light hair and eyes will be more dangerous), burns in childhood, etc., which increase the risk of suffering from this type of cancer.

Skin Cancer Prevention in Melbourne is always better than cure!

In skin cancer, prevention is a fundamental pillar, since it has been seen that a correct photoprotection can prevent an important percentage of this type of cancer. In fact, it is known that 80% of the accumulated radiation is received before the age of 18. The use of sunscreens in photoexposed areas in the first 20 years of life reduces the risk of skin cancer by 85%.
Intermittent solar exposure, derived from Western lifestyle habits (exposure on the beach during the summer months), exposure in the first decades of life and other similar habits increase the risk of skin cancer.

How can we prevent the occurrence of skin cancer?

  • Avoid sun exposure between 11 and 16 hours,
  • Use photoprotection also on cloudy days,
  • Avoid long sun exposures,
  • Avoid exposure to artificial ultraviolet radiation (tanning booths),
  • Use the appropriate sunscreen for each type of skin or area of the body (cream, spray, milk or gel), phototype, age and exposure circumstances.
    Renew the application of sunscreen at 2 hours and after each bath.
  • Do not use too much colognes, deodorants or other cosmetics.
  • Monitor changes in colour, shape or size of freckles or moles and consult an accredited skin cancer doctor for any changes.
  • Protect the eyes with sunglasses that have 100% UV protection.
  • Use the highest photoprotection. In the oncological patient, this higher protection will not be limited only to the first solar exposures, but during all exposures.
  • Extreme precautions must be maintained on the most sensitive parts of the body to the sun for skin cancer prevention in Melbourne: face, neck, bald head, shoulders, neckline, ears, hands and insteps.

Early diagnostics of skin cancer helps!

Also framed within the prevention, the role of early diagnosis is paramount, since it is capable of reducing mortality, especially in the case of melanoma, and of reducing the morbidity of the rest of skin cancers.

For the early diagnosis, a visit to a skin doctor is essential, but the surveys show that most of the Australians have never gone to the dermatological consultation, even having a history of skin cancers in the family. Public awareness campaigns convey the importance of skin self-examination following the ABCDE rule where, moles with Asymmetry, irregular Border, different Colour, Diameter greater than 6mm and Evolution (which come out new, change, itch, bleed, etc.), a visit to an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor is recommended.

We have an excellent tool to help early diagnosis of skin cancer: digital dermatoscopy, which allows us to take a global picture of the patient and also microscopic images of each of the moles, which will allow a comprehensive and effective monitoring, so that, if new lesions appear or those already existing suffer changes, they can be diagnosed quickly. In this way, effective treatment with an excellent prognosis can be proposed.

In recent years, an increase in melanoma survival has been detected due to the diagnosis and early treatment of melanoma. Mortality usually occurs around 65 years of age and represents a very minor fraction of cancer deaths in our country.

Let us all beat skin cancer together!

In melanoma or skin cancer detection, close follow-up by means of digital dermatoscopy will be essential, and in the presence of a suspicious lesion it is better to carry out an early treatment, which is associated with an excellent prognosis.

Also read our blog “Don’t Miss Out on Skin Cancer Prevention” to understand more about types of skin cancer and their uncanny traits.

For booking an appointment with us or for any other specifics on skin cancer prevention in Melbourne, visit us at www.nitai.com.au.

How to prevent scarring after mole removal?

Mole Removal Treatment

 

A big black spot or a hairy lump on any visible part of our body looks very unattractive…especially if it is in the face, isn’t it?

It not only affects the allure of the face but also smashes the inner confidence to a great extent. And not to mention the risks on life if the mole turns out to be carcinogenic. At present, there are several mole removal techniques available that can very easily eliminate the existence of the unwanted moles.

In Melbourne, at Nitai Medical and Cosmetic Centre, the RF mole removal technique is used to erase moles or any other small outgrowths. This mole removal technique does not require any surgery, hence, very less scarring happens compared to other surgical methods.

But still, the subtle white spot or scarring that is left behind after the treatment turns out to be the matter of another great concern. It is not possible to miraculously wipe out the scarring completely after the mole removal, it can be rest upon the healing of time only. But, there are certain tips that can be adopted in everyday life to make the scarring after mole removal less visible.

The very first tip would be to follow all the instructions given by the Cosmetic Doctor after the successful removal of the mole. The proper guidelines will illustrate how to take care of the affected area so that it heals very fast. Apart from that, there are certain other guidelines also that can be followed to erase the subtle impression of the mole that is left behind.

1> Dry skin makes the scars more visible, hence, keeping the affected area moisturized would help in the healing process, thus, making the scar fade away faster. Also, the moisturizer keeps itching and irritation at a bay.

2> A thin layer of any silicon-based gel as suggested by your physician must be applied in the affected area every day as it prevents accumulation of germs and keeps the skin clean and initiates the healing process.

3> Massage the area with very subtle pressure from time to time to improve the blood circulation of the area. Although, you should be careful not to overdo it.

4> Protection of that affected section of skin from harmful UV rays of the sun is another very important point. So, always put on sunscreen before heading out in the sun, it helps in maintaining the health of the skin.

5> Another very simple yet very effective tip is to apply the vitamin E fluid, which is acquired from tiny vitamin E capsules, in the affected area. This fluid helps in very fast healing process by replenishing the skin from inside.

The RF mole removal treatment is the modern-day method to get rid of the unwanted spots without much scarring or pain. Even after that, these bunch of advice helps in healing the residual mark and thus obliterating it completely.

At Nitai Medical and Cosmetic Centre, we understand and cater to the needs of our patients most genuinely. So, if you have any further query on the mole removal treatments, book a consultation with us at (03) 9300 1244.