Dr Ross Perry, founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics and the London Mole Removal Centre, was invited to run a live Mole Clinic on ITV’s This Morning with Dr Chris Steele.
The feature started with a review of what suspicious signs to look for in worrying moles, before reviewing viewers’ own moles in a live ‘mole clinic’.
Normal vs Worrying Moles
Dr Chris Steele said that a normal mole has the following features:
- Edges – nice, round and even
- Shape – can be round or oval
- Colour – same, even tone and hue
The worrying warning signs to look for are:
- Size – fast growth or unusually large
- Colour – changing colour or variation of colours within the mole
- Behaviour – itching, bleeding, scabbing or oozing
Dr Ross Perry reviewed 3 viewers’ moles
- Protruding mole – not deemed to be risky, but Ross picked up another mole on the patient’s back which he said needed keeping an eye on. He suggested:
“What you’re looking for is the funny mole or the that’s just different from all the others. It’s change that’s the most important thing.”
- Irregular mole – this patient’s mum had experienced Melanoma so she knew the risks and signs. Ross said:
“…she’s done all the right things. She’s identified the risks – it’s changing, getting bigger, she’s got a family history – so you’ve done exactly the right thing coming in to get it checked out – and it does have a little bit of an irregular edge to it and it does have a little bit of darker shading in the middle of it – but it is absolutely fine – but there’s no reason for her not to keep monitoring it cos it could change still further.”
- Skin cancer – this patient had experienced skin cancer. After her first referral to a dermatologist, she was dismissed; but as the mole continued to change, she returned and was told it had progressed to stage 2 skin cancer, which led to skin surgery and further treatment to remove the cancer. Ross said:
“You did exactly the right thing again. If moles keep changing, you have to revisit your doctor. It’s as simple as that and luckily you did it.”
Check for Skin Cancer
Even with the best suncare habits, regular ‘top to toe’ skin checks are highly recommended to spot changing moles or unusual skin lesions. Dr Ross Perry suggests making a note of any concerns and checking in 3 months time so that you can identify the changes. You can even take pictures and use a ruler to measure and record the mole for comparison.
Melanomas caught at the earliest stage can be treated with mole removal surgery. Early intervention has excellent outcomes and in many cases no further treatment is required. However, as melanoma progresses and spreads, the chances of a positive outcome decline.
Private Mole Checks & Removal
The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma) at 5 mole removal clinics.
All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.
Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:
- No waiting lists
- Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
- Choice of clinics in London and also Bristol
- Removed moles tested with report provided
For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.