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Detecting Melanoma & Checking Your Moles

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What are Moles and Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Moles are skin growths or mutated skin cells which can potentially be the source of Melanoma, when exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays.


What Can I Do To Prevent Melanoma?

The most important and effective ways to protect yourself from these harmful rays, is by using a good sun block. It seems like it is common sense, but a lot of people don’t use it. UV rays are able to penetrate even when it is not sunny outdoors, so it is crucial that you apply sun block – especially on exposed areas – come rain or shine.

You should also avoid using sun beds and cover up your moles when you are on the beach or out and about in the heat.

How Do I Know If My Moles Are Suspicious?

The best thing to do – especially if you are particularly covered in moles – is to have regular checks, perhaps once a year minimum, with a Melanoma specialist. They can analyse your moles and test them to see whether they are benign or cancerous.

You can also monitor them yourself at home by keeping an eye open for the following signs:

  • Change in size
  • Colour alteration
  • Mutation in shape
  • Itchiness
  • Bleeding
  • Satellite moles (moles that appear around others in a circular formation)
  • The edges of the mole

Mole Removal

If you do detect any changes or your specialist has informed you that your moles are indeed cancerous, you should have them removed as soon as possible to avoid it spreading.

There are many different methods adopted to remove moles, including both surgical and non-surgical. The most popular are:

  • ·         Laser Mole Removal
  • ·         Shave Excision
  • ·         Surgical Removal

Can I Have Moles Removed If They Are Not Cancerous?

At PHI Clinic, we provide mole removal treatment for those who have suspicious moles, and for those who find them unsightly.

Who Will Remove My Moles?

PHI is very proud to house one of the best surgeons in the UK, Mr Apul Parikh, who is passionate about skin safety and performs all mole mapping and excisions within the clinic.

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