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About Mole Mapping

Pigmented lesions can be found on the skin of almost all adults. Some people have only a few lesions, while others have too many to count. In most cases, these lesions are classified as benign nevi or keratoses. Over time, however, these lesions may change into dysplastic nevi or even melanoma.

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing at an alarming rate. The most reliable statistics estimate that there were approximately 800,000 Americans newly diagnosed with skin cancer in 1995. This includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.

Particularly lethal are the malignant melanomas. With the incidence of skin cancer nearly doubling in the last decade, more than 34,000 people develop melanoma every year, and over 7,000 die from it. Malignant melanoma is the leading cause of death from diseases of the skin.

The most effective method of attacking malignant melanoma is by diagnosing it at an early stage of its development, when prognosis for cure by surgical removal is excellent. The key to early detection is to monitor moles for any change in size, shape or color.

Mole mapping provides a baseline reference for tracking moles. During a mole mapping session, the entire surface of a patient's skin is documented photographically. By referring to these photos during skin self-exams or office visits, patients and physicians are better able to determine when a change has occurred in any mole on the body. Such a suspicious mole may then be monitored more closely or, if necessary, removed. recommends that all high-risk skin cancer patients consult with their physicians regarding the benefits of mole mapping. Those at high risk include fair-skinned individuals, those with a great number of moles and anyone with a personal or family history of skin cancer.

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