Mole dermoscopy is a fundamental preventive examination. It also offers diagnosis and leads the doctor to the appropriate treatment where there is indication of skin cancer of some form. In a country exposed to sunlight all year round such as Greece, Mole check must be carried once or twice per year, starting in early childhood.
People who should be more careful and consistent with their mole checks are those who:
- Have more than 50 moles
- Have incurred a skin burn during childhood or pubescence
- Have a pale skin phototype with light-coloured eyes, blonde or red hair and are sensitive to sunburns
- Have large moles since birth
- Have a family history of melanoma
- Have a dysplastic nevus syndrome
What is (mole) dermoscopy
A mole check cannot be carried out simply by naked eye.
The dermatologist uses a special lens called dermoscope (digital or conventional).
The dermoscope is used to see the moles in enlargement, to examine their morphology and other parameters, and to diagnose if a mole is suspicious and needs to be monitored or surgically removed.
Dermoscopy is a painless, non-invasive examination Something to keep in mind is that suspicious moles should never be treated with laser or cauterised.
A patient should immediately visit their dermatologist if a mole starts to itch, bleed, grow, change colour or have multiple colours.
These changes are known abroad as ABCDE for ease of reference (where Α=asymmetry, Β=border, C= colour, D=diameter, Ε=evolving).
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