Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield has launched a mole mapping service.
Hot on the heels of Sun Awareness Week earlier this summer, Spire Regency’s resident consultant dermatologist, Dr Nick Craven, is running the new mole mapping service along with leading medical photographers, Macclesfield-based Illingworth Research.
Despite the UK’s typically miserable weather, skin cancer is the most common cancer with more than 72,000 reported cases and around 2,300 deaths every year. Potentially deadly malignant melanoma is increasing in females aged 20-29.
Skin cancer is caused by over exposure to ultraviolet light from sunlight or sun-beds, irrespective of skin type.
Consultant dermatologist, Dr Nick Craven, said: “Skin cancer is an unnecessary killer and can be avoided if people use their common sense regarding sun exposure. Access to private mole mapping locally is incredibly beneficial for anyone worried about their own exposure to UV light as it’s performed quickly and the results are instant.
Dr Craven, who lives in Congleton, has been a doctor since 1989 and qualified as a dermatologist in 1999. He is a consultant at University Hospital of North Staffordshire and offers the following advice for checking moles:
- Take note of any new moles or changes in shape, size or colour.
- Check your moles regularly.
- Keep out of the direct sun between 11am-3pm.
- Don’t use sunbeds.
- Vitamin D from sunlight is still very important for the human body but be cautious, wear high factor suncream and choose your time for exposure carefully.
Expert medical photographer Kevin Jacob, from Illingworth Research, will use specialist photography equipment to take images of patients’ moles which are then accessed by Dr Craven who uses a computer program to analyse the moles and report back on his findings.
The digital images will be stored at the Spire Regency Hospital and anyone who is worried about a change in their moles, or new moles appearing, can attend check-up appointments.
Dr Craven also offers a mole and lesion removal service for people wanting moles removed for aesthetic reasons.
Spire Regency’s general manager, Verlie Brazel, said: “Mole mapping has been added as we get many requests each month from patients for this facility. The service is affordable and accessible to all. There is no-one better placed than Dr Craven to examine moles and this service is different from others as a consultant of the highest level will analyse the moles.”
Read more about our Mole Screening Clinic here