Moles / Skin Cancer

Any change in a mole should be checked by your doctor. If it is felt there might might be be a skin cancer you should be seen by a dermatologist. However many moles that simply raise up are not skin cancer, but can be unsightly or catch on clothing and jewellery. After they have been diagnosed as benign by an expert, they can be flattened by a procedure called “shave excision” which is done under local anaesthetic.

People with many moles who are concerned about their risk of skin cancer may want to have skin cancer screening when all of their moles are checked by a dermatologist. This is also an opportunity to learn what to look out for to identify possible skin cancers and ways of helping with this