Are you going for mole screening as recommended by your dermatologist? Here’s why you should make this appointment a priority.

As recently as 2019, there were 1.4 million people in the USA living with melanoma. Based on the same data, an estimated 2.1% of men and women will, at some point, be diagnosed with it. And considering that the rate each year has been growing, these numbers have likely grown. Keeping your skin covered, avoiding the harsh sun, and applying SPF on a daily basis can help to keep this cancer at bay. These are not, however, 100% effective. Fortunately, early detection can prevent skin cancer from becoming life-threatening. In fact, there is a 99% recovery rate for those who act swiftly. This is why going for mole screenings is so important.

Mole Screening: What is it?

According to the American Cancer Society, we should all be going for a mole screening appointment at least every two years. And this is if your skin is issue-free. If you do have any concerns, this should be done annually or as recommended by your dermatologist.

The good news is that a mole screening appointment is pain-free and, if all is well, doesn’t take longer than 45 minutes! This might, however, take longer in patients who have a lot of moles.

During the procedure, specialized equipment is used to examine moles across the entire body. Photographs are also taken to document them and to refer back to if there are any suspected or suspicious changes in future.

If your physician is concerned about any of your moles, they may take a sample. After numbing the area – which will be sent for testing. Then, if any cancerous cells are found, you will be advised of your next step. In some cases, this will be Mohs surgery, which is one of the most cutting-edge treatments in the field of dermatology and offers positive results with a low risk of recurrence.

Going for mole screening appointments is the best way to ensure that anything ominous is detected, and removed, early by a dermatologist. This prevents it from spreading and causing more damage than necessary so that you can live your healthiest life.