The best mole mapping procedure is a combination of both full body digital photography and dermoscopy. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive skin surface examination using a microscope that allows skin structures to be magnified that are not normally seen with the naked eye. The aim of mole mapping is to detect skin cancer as early as possible. Dermatologist Dr Ben Esdaile gives us the ins and outs of mole mapping and how to know if a mole is harmless or potentially a cause for concern.
Have you ever seen someone in passing or in photos with unevenly colour skin? Some patches are one colour, whilst others are another? The chances are that they have what is called vitiligo; a skin condition that causes loss of skin colour in blotches over the body. Dr Dev Shah, a leading dermatologist, explains further and addresses the important psychological impact that this condition can have one sufferers.
We can get a myriad of different types of lumps, bumps, and spots on our skin. Cysts are one of the commonest lumps that we can develop. What defines a cyst, what are the most common types, and can they be a danger to our health? Acclaimed dermatologist Dr Dev Shah is here to explain.
Cysts can come in all shapes and sizes and can appear all over the body. What are these strange lumps? Should you be worried about them? What are the differences between them? Leading plastic surgeon Mr Alastair MacKenzie Ross lends us his insight into the world of skin cysts.
Moles are common, small, often brown spots on your skin. Mostly, these are benign and nothing to worry about. However, exposure to harmful UV rays can cause changes in your skin, giving rise to melanoma (skin cancer). Dr Hélène Menagé, a leading dermatologist, explains why you need to check your moles regularly, and the importance of using sun protection.
Squamous cell carcinoma (a form of skin cancer) can potentially appear anywhere on the body but is most likely to occur on parts that have had the most sun exposure. Leading dermatologist Dr Raj Mallipeddi explains when to see a doctor and the outlook on diagnosis.
Both lipomas and cysts can feel quite similar during their early stages, but would you be able to spot the difference? One of our leading dermatologists Dr Dev Shah explains how to recognise both and how they can be healed.
In the UK, there are around 15,000 new cases of melanoma every year, making it the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Dr Ben Esdaile is a leading dermatologist and an expert in the early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Find out from an expert how you can both prevent melanoma, as well as detect it in its early stages.
Skin cancer is a common danger – in fact it is the most common form of cancer in the world. The idea that an innocent-looking mole on the skin could be deadly is a worrying prospect and the fact that simply being in the sun for too long can cause it is perhaps more worrying still. People often want to know how to spot skin cancer early and if it can be cured. Dr Raj Mallipeddi, a London-based expert dermatologist is here with the answers.
It is the most common type of skin cancer – but it can be fiendishly difficult to detect, because there is no “one” way it should look. In fact, there are over 20 growth patterns, some of which are hard to distinguish from an ordinary rash or spot. We asked Dr Raj Mallipeddi to explain the different types of basal cell carcinoma, what they can look like, and when you should see a doctor.