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New High Precision Mole Map Clinic at HCA Healthcare UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

22 February 2017

People with suspicious moles and lesions can now look forward to more accurate screening, thanks to a new Automated Total Body Mapping system (ATBM) which is currently only available privately in the region at HCA Healthcare UK at The Wilmslow Hospital.

Melanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Over the last decade, malignant melanoma incidence rates have increased by almost half (46%) across Britain.[i]

Melanocytes are cells which make melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. They also form moles and it is recognised that having moles is a risk factor in melanoma.

Early diagnosis is key in treating melanomas, as most can be removed after fairly minor surgery.  In 80 to 90% of cases, melanoma can be excised with no recurrence. [ii]

Mole Mapping Clinic

Total body photography is the most accurate way to track potential changes in moles and lesions for early detection of possible skin cancer. Traditionally the process has been cumbersome and time-consuming, however the new ATBM system, which is the first its kind, enables quick and precise examination of all body moles.

The ATBM technology takes total body images (four sides, palms and soles) in approximately five minutes. The camera is designed to move up and down automatically, while taking illuminated photos of the whole body.

The high resolution dermatoscopic pictures enable the consultant dermatologist to pick up any suspicious moles and lesions which are then subject to a further clinical and dermatoscopic examination. This two-step approach helps to ensure that anything suspicious is detected as early as possible.

Who should consider mole mapping:

  • People with multiple moles (more than 50)
  • Large moles (more than 2 inches in diameter)
  • Changes in existing moles; bleeding, itchy, an odd shape or colour, or raised
  • New mole/s
  • History of skin cancer in the family
  • If you had severe, blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence
  • Very pale and/or freckly skin

Chris Greenslade, General Manager at HCA UK’s The Wilmslow Hospital comments: “We’re delighted to be the first private hospital in the region offering this state-of-the-art mole screening clinic.

”This new service demonstrates our ongoing commitment to patients, to continue to provide them with the best healthcare possible.”

Dr Vishal Madan, Consultant Dermatologist leading the Mole Map Clinic at HCA UK’s The Wilmslow Hospital adds: “The new high precision Automated Total Body Mapping system (ATBM) will ensure more accurate screening for our patients and early detection of possible skin cancer which can be crucial in providing the most effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives.”  

For more information or to make an appointment at the HCA UK’s The Wilmslow Hospital please call 01625 545 036.

References

[i] http://www.melanomauk.org.uk/about_melanoma/faqs/

[ii]  http://www.melanomauk.org.uk/about_melanoma/faqs/

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