What happens during a mole check?

With regards of examining of moles it is very important to be very vigilant about the moles on your skin and if there is any concern or any queries, that perhaps those moles are changing, it is very, very important that ones get them looked at.

When you come to Clinica it is very important that I will take a very good and detailed history, especially with regards to the amount of sun exposure you have had over your lifetime. And if there is any family history of any skin cancer within the family, I would then do a very thorough examination of your skin, looking at the lesion or the mole that you have come concerned about, but also to examine the skin in general, to make sure I am not worried about any other areas that may have been affected by UV damage over the years.

I will use a dermatoscope in order to assess all of the moles on your skin. And if any of those look concerning, if any of them look abnormal, I would then want to excise them, so one can have a look at the lesion or the mole under the microscope. Obviously, once that result comes back, it is very important that we discuss this in great detail and plan any further surgery, should that be required.

More about Jennifer Crawley

Jennifer Crawley is a Consultant Dermatologist at Clinica London with a special interest in medical dermatology. She is an expert in both adult and paediatric dermatology and has particular interests in research, teaching and leading audit projects.

She gained a MBChB qualification from University of Bristol in 2002, after gaining BSc. (Hons) Cellular & Molecular Pathology in 1999. During following years she undertook training and gained work experience in Bristol and London.

Further she has performed a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including surgical excision of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, incisional biopsies, shave excisions and curettage and cautery.