Every year millions of people of all ages will develop skin cancer. Rates of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are on the rise. Early detection is key, and FotoFinder® Mole Mapping is an advanced imaging technology that is designed to identify initial warning signs of this condition. As a result, you have an improved chance of getting treatment before serious problems can occur. Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, our experienced physician, utilizes the FotoFinder® system to map moles and areas of pigmentation on your body and track the changes over time. This preventive measure is a simple, non-invasive way to help protect your health in the short and long term.
For more information about FotoFinder® and skin cancer detection, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim, please contact us today.
How Does It Work?
The FotoFinder® Total Body Scanning and Mole Mapping service requires a referral from your family physician or Walk-In Clinic. When you arrive for your consultation, Dr. Ebrahim will evaluate the lesion or mole with a special microscope called a Dermatoscope. Then if it is appropriate, you will be scheduled for Total Body Scanning and Mole Mapping. A high-resolution digital camera photographs your moles and areas of pigmentation.These extraordinarily accurate images are transferred to the FotoFinder® database where they will be stored until your next visit. Dr. Ebrahim compares the initial and new images to detect changes that might signal skin cancer or another concern. The experience is designed to be easy and painless. We recommend a FotoFinder® follow up photo session every 6 months.
Who Should Use FotoFinder® Mole Mapping?
While everyone should be vigilant when it comes to skin cancer prevention, some patients will be at greater risk for this condition. If you’re concerned about the health and safety of your skin and you have moles, you may benefit from utilizing this technique. Additionally, if you have any of the following, FotoFinder® Mole Mapping may be right for you:
- 50 or more moles
- Fair skin
- Large moles over two inches in diameter
- A family history of skin cancer
- An existing melanoma
- Changes in the size, color, or number of your moles
- A history of severe sunburns in childhood and/or adolescence that led to blistering
Another way to recognize if your moles or areas of pigmentation may be a concern is to use the alphabet rule. If you can remember ABCDE, you can recognize when a “beauty mark” may present a risk. The letters stand for:
A – Asymmetry
B – Borders with jagged, blurred, or irregular edges
C – Color variation
D – Diameter larger than ¼ inch
E – Evolving or changing size, shape, color, elevation, or another attribute
Would you like to learn more about FotoFinder® Mole Mapping, skin cancer treatments, or other preventive measures? Contact us today, and we can answer your questions or schedule your consultation with Dr. Ebrahim.