We’ve all made questionable decisions about our skin’s safety in the sun at some point and unintentionally burnt ourselves, but what if the effects of these mistakes cost you more than a sore and red appearance to your skin? We are all now more aware of the damage that the sun can cause than ever before and many of us take the appropriate safety measures to stop damage to the skin. However for some it could be too little too late; if you have notices a difference in the look or feel of a mole then dermatology experts at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic urge you to get a professional check up as soon as possible. Here’s our guide to mole check-ups with Canterbury Skin and Laser clinic and what you should be looking out for when checking your moles at home.
The sad fact of the matter is that too many people do not speak up when they notice a difference in their moles and as a result put themselves at risk. Skin cancers such as melanoma are a real risks to your health so it’s better to be safe than sorry when you notice a change in your moles. Here at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we offer a mole checking service. It’s important that patients do not interfere with the mole before seeking professional advice. During a skin check the mole with be inspected by one of our professional dermatologists and sample of the mole in question may be taken in order to run further tests. In most cases the moles are non-harmful and can be removed with the help of treatments such as PDT (photodynamic therapy ).
Dr. Mark Hudson-Peacock is the Consultant Dermatologist and Medical Director at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic and had this to say about mole check-ups.
“As a dermatologist I understand the importance of mole checking and the devastating results neglecting changes in your moles can result in. We are now much more aware of the harmful effects UV rays can have of the skin and the best advice to avoid developing skin cancer will always be protecting your skin from the sun. Sun protection should be applied on the skin – especially the face and hands – everyday in order to give you the best chance of avoiding sun related skin issues; this includes overcast days as the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate the skin through cloud.
Another issue is knowing what they are looking for when checking their moles. Patients should be cautious of changed to the shape, colour and surface texture of a mole. If you do notice a difference in any of these aspects then seek professional advice immediately.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is the perfect place to undergo a mole check-up. Not only do we offer patients a mole checking service but we also offer mole, skin tags and lesion removal treatments. At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we pride ourselves on our outstanding dermatology services and treatments and boast a dedicated team of experienced cosmetic doctors, dermatologists and beauty therapists all with a background in dermatology.”
If you would like to learn more about our mole check services or any other of our dermatology treatments then book a consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser today. Our services are available in locations such as Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent.