The aim of the mole scanning service is not only to detect skin cancer (Malignant melanoma and other skin cancers) but to:
· Advise customers on ways to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer
· Promote self-checking of moles/ pigmented lesions
· Allow our customers with suspicious moles/ pigmented lesions to have them analysed by a Dermatology Specialist for signs of malignant melanoma
· Reduce the number of people seeking unnecessary GP appointments for suspicious skin lesions
At the moment there is NO general screening programme in the UK for skin cancer/malignant melanoma, although m
elanoma is the fastest rising cancer in the UK, causes 2,000 deaths per annum and is more prevalent than cervical cancer. Early detection of melanoma vastly improves survival rates. (Cancer research UK)
New figures revealed by Cancer Research UK state the fact that two young adults (15-35) are now diagnosed with melanoma every day in the UK!
UK deaths from skin cancer are higher than in Australia (Skin Cancer UK)
The Mole Scanning service uses latest image technology (Siascope) in combination with ScreenCancer Navigator to view beneath the skin to detect early changes in moles/ pigmented lesions which may not be visible to the naked eye, and thus able to detect melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers and other skin lesions.
The ScreenCancer Mole Navigator is a powerful tool in the identification of early melanomas, it can also aid the existing clinical interpretation methods.