Yes, yes, yes! Not only do mole checks allow dermatologists to diagnose melanomas extremely early in their evolution, they also allow us the opportunity to assess you overall skin health. Often patients will complain about a single lesion and then on a quick total body examination in the office we will pick up other more sinister lesions.
Patients with a family history of skin cancer, those who have many moles or those exposed to long hours of sunlight are amongst the people who may benefit from regular mole and skin checks. With specialised non-invasive equipment such as dermatoscopes, dermatologists are able to prevent unnecessary surgical procedures.