Due to the increase in the number of cases of Skin Cancer (also known as Malignant Melanoma) and the lack of awareness of both risks of Skin Cancer or how to detect suspicious moles, Pierremont Pharmacy, in partnership with Alphega Pharmacy is proud to be piloting a new private mole screening service right here in Thanet.

Who is most at Risk?

People with fair skin who burn easily, have lots of moles or freckles, have red or fair hair, were frequently sunburnt as a child or have a family history of Skin Cancer are most at risk. However, everyone should check their moles regularly for changes in appearance.

Mole Checking: What should I look for?

It is advised that you check your moles every few months so that you are aware of any that change. You should be on the lookout for moles that are different from others you have on your body or the appearance of a new mole or any noticeable change to an existing mole.

Areas of the body exposed to the sun are most at risk, with the most common place for a melanoma to develop being on a woman's lower leg and on the back for men.

One of the best methods for checking your moles is to use the ABCDE rule:

A - Asymmetry Irregular shape - the two halves should be symmetrical.

B - Borders Unclear, irregular or ragged boundaries against normal skin.

C - Colour Changes in colour - especially if it is black or blue or uneven.

D - Diameter More than 5-6mm in diameter and changing in size.

E - Evolving Change in shape, size, colour, itching or bleeding or an existing mole or if a new mole/spot appears.

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What's Involved in the Mole Screening Service?

If you are concerned about any of your moles, the mole screening service as a very quick and painless way to check your moles for peace of mind.

Any mole causing concern can be scanned in the pharmacy using the latest imaging technology to capture the depth and shape of the mole. The images are then sent for analysis by a private ScreenCancer dermatologist and you'll then receive the results within 2 weeks. For more information about ScreenCancer, you can visit their website here

How much is the Mole Screening Service?

It's £35 for the initial screening for one mole and £15 for each mole after that should you wish to have more than one mole scanned.

How do I find out more about this service?

Simple! Just pop into Pierremont Pharmacy and have a chat with one of our friendly staff who will be happy to speak to you or you can telephone us on (01843) 600309



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