The Skin Surveillance Process
The Skin Surveillance Program is a comprehensive skin documentation system designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam with a Dermatologist. The Skin Surveillance Program system produces high-resolution diagnostic images and creates a profile for your skin and individual moles that is monitored for any changes over time.
How the Process Works
MEET WITH A MELANOGRAPHER
A highly trained and certified Melanographer who is also a Registered Nurse will perform the procedure. She will discuss your medical history and any concerns.
TOTAL BODY PHOTOGRAPHY
Total body photography creates a complete visual medical record of 97% of your skin surface and each individual lesion. This will create a benchmark to identify any changes in the future.
HEAD TO TOE SKIN EXAM
The Melanographer conducts a thorough examination of your skin surface, assessing any suspicious lesions using a dermatoscope. Our high-resolution dermatoscopic imaging focuses on the internal structure of lesions and detecting what cannot be seen with the naked eye.
The digital images taken by the Melanographer are compiled into a comprehensive digital record. Other information, such as lesions and skin coding is included as well
A comprehensive report is prepared for you and your physician. The report includes images of specific lesions of concern, diagnostic comments and recommendations for the treatment or monitoring of suspicious lesions.
Patient education is an important part of the services we provide. Your appointment includes self-examination and sun protection education. You will also receive a self-monitor kit and a CD copy of your images (upon request).
Please note: If at any time during the 12 months following your Skin Surveillance screening you become concerned about a possible change in a lesion, you can return to MoleSafe to have the lesion re-imaged and evaluated at no additional charge.
ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP VISIT
Repeating the Skin Surveillance Program on a yearly basis enables our expert dermatologists to observe structural changes in all of your lesions over a period of time. This innovative technique has been clinically proven to help identify melanoma and other skin cancers earlier than conventional methods.
FULL-BODY SKIN CHECK
A certified Melanographer conducts a thorough examination of your skin surface, reassessing previously imaged lesions and assessing any new ones that have appeared since your last appointment.
CLINICAL AND DERMOSCOPIC IMAGING
Dermoscopic and clinical images of any new moles along with accompanying information (e.g., patient concern) are recorded.
Lesions that were imaged during your previous appointment are re-imaged. Comparing images of your lesions from your previous appointment with current images enables the smallest of changes to be detected, which may indicate early stage melanoma.
All of your imaged lesions and associated information are sent via a secure network for diagnosis by an expert dermatologist. The dermatologist compares your most recent images with those from your previous screening to identify any subtle changes that could indicate melanoma skin cancer.
A comprehensive report is prepared for you and your physician. The report includes images of specific lesions of concern and diagnostic comments/recommendations for the treatment or monitoring of suspicious lesions. You are also provided a suggested follow-up program. You will receive your report within 10 working days of your appointment.
A MoleSnap appointment is designed specifically for you to get rapid and accurate diagnosis by a dermatologist specialist on any specific lesions that you or your physician may be concerned about, without having a full body review and imaging. During this spot check:
- Up to five lesions can be assessed, chosen by the patient or physician
- A body shot is taken of the area that has lesions of concern
- Clinical and dermoscopic images are taken of the lesions of concern
- Accompanying patient information is recorded (e.g., changing size, shape or color)
- Images are diagnosed by an expert dermatologist
- A comprehensive diagnostic report is sent to you and your designated physician
MoleSafe was founded on passion and it is our sole mission to combat this widely underappreciated disease with early detection. Using innovative technology and the specialized skill set of our dermatologists, we are dedicated to fostering skin cancer awareness, especially with regards to melanoma.
As a team, we work together to provide at-risk individuals with preventative diagnostic care to keep skin safe and healthy through our Skin Surveillance Program.
Skin Cancer Specialists
Effectively detecting Melanoma for 20 years, the MoleSafe team consists of world class dermatologists and melanographers.
Early detection of skin cancer is the key for successful treatment. With close to 100% chance of survival in 5 years, Our Skin Surveillance Program helps save lives.
The MoleSafe process significantly reduces scarring resulting from the removal of harmless moles. Our ratio is 4 to 1 versus a ratio of 20 to 1 elsewhere.
WORLD-RENOWNED BY RESEARCHERS & PRACTITIONERS
MoleSafe technology is used for studies to help further advance the identification of melanoma at a number of world leading cancer centers, such as IBM research, as well as for educational programs. Experts around the world utilize the accuracy of our data to save lives.
The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program was developed over the last 20 years to overcome many of the shortcomings of conventional skin cancer practices. These shortcomings have contributed to an increase in skin cancer development. Until now, protocols for following high-risk skin cancer patients included:
- Frequent follow-up
- Instant film photos of lesions that did not meet biopsy thresholds
- Measurement and verbal descriptions of lesions
- Removing any and all suspicious lesions (“When in doubt, cut it out”)
Though these protocols are widely accepted by the medical community, they’re not optimal. In fact, they often result in unnecessary biopsies and excisions. Furthermore, they can lead to a lack of record keeping for the remaining healthy skin, where evidence suggests that approximately 50 percent of melanomas would appear again.
At MoleSafe, our approach is proactive and comprehensive, utilizing the latest in dermatoscopic detection, diagnosis and serial monitoring technology. Our MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program has the reliable accuracy to reveal skin cancer and melanoma at the earliest possible stage for fast, effective treatment. In fact, it is now the world’s most advanced detection and surveillance system for the early detection of skin cancers, including the deadly melanoma. Worldwide over 300,000 people have used the MoleSafe Program.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.