Often skin cancer does not come in the form we expect it to; about 20 to 30 per cent of melanoma develop in existing moles, 70 to 80% arise in seemingly “normal” skin.
Most of us are not qualified to know what is or is not suspicious on our skin, so it is always best to get checked if you notice a new mole or freckle, a sore spot or a spot that does not heal, a mole that starts itching, growing, or swelling or if you notice a lesion or mole that looks unusual.
The good news is, if there is anything suspicious, the earlier it’s spotted and treated, the better the outlook. You can have mole checks done via the NHS or privately. Both services should be with a qualified medical professional.
Equally, many people have moles removed in the UK for cosmetic purposes. Unfortunately, the NHS does not offer this service any longer so those who wish to access this treatment will need to do so privately.
The difference in the services is that in the NHS you will generally start the process with your general practitioner who should refer you on to a dermatologist if they suspect you need further assessment and/or treatment. The NHS will only treat you on medical grounds, not cosmetic. The waiting list can be quite long; at the time of writing this, Hertford County Hospital has a dermatology waiting time, from seeing your GP through to treatment, of 32 weeks*.
In comparison, you can self-refer yourself to a private dermatology clinic and do not need to go through your NHS GP to access this service. Private mole check services will generally start your journey with a medical professional who specialises in dermatology, meaning they assess and treat the skin and skin lesions all day, every day. Privately, you should be able to have your mole or lesion clinically assessed, examined, diagnosed, prescribed for and/or treated under one roof, if not by the same person. Private dermatology services tend to have waiting times of just a few weeks, if not a matter of days.
At Skin to Love we offer a possibly life-saving mole screening service with medical staff who assess, diagnose, and treat moles daily. Click here to read more about our private St. Albans dermatology service.
At our Dermatology Clinic in Hertfordshire, we offer short waiting times, which is ideal if you need some reassurance. You will start off with a skin assessment during which your medical practitioner will use a dermatoscope to assess your skin. If necessary, we offer quick and easy minor skin surgery for concerns such as moles, skin tags and cyst removal.
This service is not all about us though; our dermatology qualifications, skill and experience come as standard at Skin to Love. This about you:
Whether you have two or two thousand moles, it’s important to take care of your skin. If there is a mole or a skin lesion that you would like removed, you will need to have it assessed and then the method of removal will be discussed with you fully, along with the full cost of the proposed treatment.
“A very well informative assessment on my mole check today. Emma was very professional and detailed step by step on the whole process. I felt relaxed and came away with good information, that I can process in my own time on my decision for the next option stages. Thank you all to a great team at the Skin Clinic.” Karen
“Emma was lovely 😊 She helped me to feel relaxed and educated me about my skin tags. She talked me through the process and carried out the removal procedure with the utmost care. She has a lovely manner about her that establishes trust. Will definitely revisit again.” Christina
“Had a really pleasurable experience here. Emma was fantastic and explained it all and reassured me. She was lovely and really professional. Excellent!!” Melissa
If you are considering a lesion or mole removal private clinic, please click here to learn more about our Hertfordshire dermatology service.
*Accessed on 24/11/21 via https://www.nhs.uk/Services/hospitals/Services/Service/DefaultView.aspx?id=91502
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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