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The Melanoma ::
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in western societies where light coloured skin and outdoor lifestyles dominate. Unfortunately it is growing even more common with modern lifestyles and changes in the environment. Melanoma is the most rapidly increasing major cancer in these communities. South Africa has one of the highest monitored ultra violet levels in the world. Therefore we have one of the highest skin cancer rates. Melanoma, the most dangerous form, is on the increase. The melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumour which can arise from an existing mole or from healthy skin. The tumour tends to metastasise early over the lymph and blood streams, which makes it very dangerous!

This life threatening disease is mostly curable if detected and effectively treated in the earliest stages.

The melanoma A-B-C-D-E rule ::
This is a practical method for early recognition of malignant melanoma. If more than one of the criteria apply, please have the mole analysed:
Border (irregular, blurred or jagged edges)
Colour variation (brown/reddish/white dots)
Diameter (more than 6 millimetres)
Evolution (changes of the mole)

High Risk Group ::
Skin cancer concerns everyone, but some have a higher risk than others:
• Patients with many pigmented lesions (The more, the higher the risk!)
• Pigmented lesions larger than 6 mm
• One or more melanoma in your family
• One or more melanoma within your own medical history
• Severe sunburns especially during childhood or adolescence.

Mole Mapping gives you certainty ::
The images of your moles are stored on electronic media. The doctor can accurately compare earlier images to recent ones. Even the smallest change will be detected!

• Unnecessary excisions can be avoided.
• Detection of the slightest skin changes allows early diagnosis.
• Continuous mole observation gives certainty.
• Mole Mapping helps to make the right decision and take action before it is too late

Long term mole observation ::
Clinical and microscopic mole observation in the course of time. Assessment of changes in size or microscopic structure.

For more information contact:
The Mole Clinic
Tel: 011 867 5992
cell: 073 5050810

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