Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma is the most concerning form of skin cancer and the number of newly diagnosed cases has been rising over the past 30 years. Some melanomas develop from existing moles while others develop spontaneously. Early detection is key to a positive outcome. Southeastern Dermatology is proud to be Tennessee’s exclusive provider of FotoFinder Mole Mapping, an advanced automated computer aided imaging technology designed to help identify initial warning signs of melanoma.
How does FotoFinder Mole Mapping work?
Traditional mole mapping is time consuming and is typically only performed in specialized pigmented lesion clinics. Some dermatology offices may take photographs of individual moles, but lack the capability to take full body images. Dr. Doppelt utilizes Fotofinder’s proprietary Automated Total Body Mapping system to rapidly (it takes less than 5 minutes) take at least 20 very high resolution digital photographs which are subsequently stored in the attached computer’s database. These photographs can be precisely duplicated at a later date (usually 6 months to a year) and put through the FotoFinder computer algorithm which analyzes each lesion and helps to identify new or changing lesions which may be an indication of skin cancer. Dr. Doppelt will utilize these comparative images to help zero in on potentially dangerous lesions during a full body skin exam. Additionally, if desired, the patient can be given a USB thumb drive with the images to aid in self-examination at home.
Is Mole Mapping for me?
Everyone should be watchful when it comes to skin cancer prevention. Mole mapping can be beneficial to a wide variety of patients, especially if you:
- Have fair skin
- Have a personal or family history of skin cancers
- Have a lot of moles and freckles
- Have a history of sever sunburns resulting in blistering
Another way to tell if you are a candidate for mole mapping is to know your skin cancer ABC’s. Specifically, your ABCDE. These letters stand for:
- A – Asymmetry
- B – Borders with blurry, jagged or irregular edges
- C – Color dissimilarity
- D – Diameter larger than a quarter inch
- E – Evolving or changing size, shape, color, height or any another attribute
If your moles or areas of skin pigmentation match any of the ABCDE indicators, you are good candidate for mole mapping. To learn more about mole mapping or schedule an appointment, call our office at (865) 474-8800 or request an appointment online.