Naevi or moles are a lesion which occur anywhere on the skin. Some occur soon after birth and are referred to as a birthmark. New moles continue to develop up until adulthood.
If a mole is symmetrical with a regular pattern it is usually safe. But unfortunately, moles have the potential to become malignant (cancerous).
If a mole is irregular i.e.: asymmetrical with irregular borders and numerous / different colours. Generally a biopsy or mole mapping (FotoFinder) is required to assess or monitor the mole.
Who needs Mole Mapping?
Patients who present with the following:
- A personal / family history of melanoma
- Numerous irregular moles
- A new or pre-existing mole that is changing in shape or colour
Mole Mapping refers to a photograph or computer images which monitors the evolution of a mole with serial photographs. This process / procedure is done annually for most patients.