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Mole & Skin Cancer Check

Dr Steve Karagiannis looks at every mole and skin lesion on your entire body using a Dermatascope – a device with polarized and non-polarized light and a magnifying glass that allows viewing of intricate structures. 

Best Practice is to perform full body skin checks as opposed to single mole checks for fear of missing a melanoma in a body part the patient cannot examine themselves eg behind the ears. Skin cancers are often detected in lesions patients were not actually concerned about and for this reason we only perform  full body checks.

If a lesion looks suspicious then it is photographed using the MoleMate Skin Imaging System and its structures more closely examined. If it is deemed to be suspicious then arrangements will be made to have it removed. Dr Steve usualy excises the lesions himself unless they are on certain body parts such as the nose, ears or soles of the feet, in which case you will be referred to a plastic surgeon. All legions are sent for histological examiniation and results take approximately two weeks to return.

How much does mole screening cost?

Adults: €99  Children: €69

How does it work?

Below is a summary of how Skin Checks are performed on Adults and Children.

Patient comes in with a number of moles or skin lesions they would like looked at. 

This is an example of the dermatoscope used to examine all the moles from top to bottom one by one, including behind the ears, between the toes and soles of the feet.

When looking through the dermatoscope this is what each mole looks like.

A suspicious looking mole is noted and the Mole Mate Imaging System is used to photograph the mole.

The photograph taken is analysed with Siascopy Technology which looks at different layers of the skin and the following images are generated.

After the images are analysed, you will be immediately informed if:

A – lesion looks benign and the patient is reassured

B – lesion needs to be excised as it may be a skin cancer

C – lesion needs to be re-photographed in 3 months for comparison

For more information or to book your mole screening call us on 01-2939148.

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