Automated Total Body Mole Mapping
1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of Skin Cancer in their their lifetime, additionally cases of Melanoma are increasing. Mole Mapping can detect it for early prevention.
Melanoma is most commonly a skin cancer that develops in melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin or pigment for the skin, hair and eyes. Melanocytes also form moles, and while most moles do not become melanoma they are also the most common place for melanoma to form.
The good news is that with early detection melanoma has a cure rate of over 95%. That is why an advanced imaging technique called mole mapping can help your doctor detect new moles and compare changes in existing moles. Dr. Boakye uses FotoFinder, a highly accurate computerized mole mapping system that uses high resolution photography and state of the art software to create an image database of all of your moles. Mole mapping ensures that no changes in existing moles or newly developed moles miss evaluation.
According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, every eight minutes someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma, and it’s not exclusive to the older population. In every hour of every day, someone will die from this dangerous skin cancer. Scheduling a mole mapping appointment today can ensure that Dr. Boakye has accurate photo documentation for tracking the moles on your body for the early treatment and successful elimination of melanoma if it is detected.
What is FotoFinder?
FotoFinder is a computerized mole mapping system that your physician uses to create an accurate set of photos of your moles. The high resolution camera is connected to a computer and transfers all photos directly the doctor's database, giving your doctor the ability to compare your moles with photos from your initial visit and immediately identify new moles or changes to existing moles on your body. An added benefit of FotoFinder is that your doctor can provide a copy of your photos for self examination at home. All patients, whether first time or returning, can feel safe that any changes or new moles will not be missed.
Who should get a mole mapping skin cancer screen done?
If any of the following questions apply to you, have your moles checked by Dr. Boakye at Naz'Rene Clinic & Skincare:
- Do you have multiple moles (more than 50)?
- Is there a history of skin cancer in your family?
- Did you have already a melanoma?
- Do you have large moles (more than 2 inches in diameter)?
- Have you noticed any changes in your moles?
- Have you noticed any new moles on your body?
- Did you have severe, blistering sunburns during childhood or adolescence?
- Do you have very light skin?
- Do you use tanning beds frequently? (Did you know tanning can cause premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.)
How can suspicious moles be recognized?
Using the “ABCDE” rule can help you to recognize suspicious moles during self evaluation. Moles which show one or more of the signs below should be treated with utmost attention and observed by your physician who can refer you to Dr. Boakye!
- A for Asymmetry
- B for irregular, Blurred or jagged Borders
- C for Color variation
- D for Diameter larger than ¼ inch
- E for Evolving, any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait
Can people with darker skin get skin cancers?
The answer is YES!
Unfortunately many people of darker skin tones often believe they are not at risk, therefore their cancers tend to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage, and these groups often face a bleaker outcome.
For example, darker-skinned people are more susceptible to acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), an especially virulent form of melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer) that typically appears on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Different ethnicities are at higher risk for particular skin malignancies: Latinos, Chinese, and Japanese Asians tend to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common skin cancer. But the second most common, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), is more frequent among African Americans and Asian Indians.
Ultimately, while skin cancer is more common among lighter-skinned people, it tends to be more deadly among people of color. So take no chances, wear your daily sunscreen lotion and if in doubt get checked out by Dr. Boakye.
(referenced Skin Cancer Foundation)
Find out more about skin cancer at the Skin Cancer Foundation
How Do I Schedule a FotoFinder Mole Mapping Session?
Dr. Edward Boakye is one of the most beloved physicians south of Richmond. Naz'Rene Clinic & Skincare’s medical skin care team delivers high tech, innovative, effective and minimal downtime ways to achieve beautiful and healthy skin. If you’re looking for more information on skin cancer screeing or any other cosmetic or medical services you can continue browsing our website to learn more. If you have any questions regarding your face and body treatment options, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment. The Naz'Rene Clinic & Skincare office in Chester, Virginia can be reached at 804-571-6225.