Mole inspection clinic

The appointment to control moles, where the purpose is the early diagnosis of melanoma, consists of two phases:

  1. mole mapping
  2. dermatoscopic epiluminescence observation

Mole mapping

Anamnestic data are collected to identify the patient's risk factors, such as the presence in the family of one or more cases of melanoma, the history of melanoma, the presence of numerous moles (the greater the number of moles, the higher is the risk), or repeated sunburns suffered in childhood or adolescence. Subsequently all the bodily areas are examined clinically: the clinically irregular (atypical) moles, worthy of further study, are shown on the mole map.

Dermatoscopic epiluminescence observation

The snows previously reported on the mapping are visualised through the computerised digital video dermatoscope: using a fibre-optic camera, equipped with polarised light, the dermatoscopic image of the moles is shown on a monitor. The image, with high magnification and high resolution, is recorded in the patient's file and subsequently examined by the doctor. In the event of detecting “dermatoscopic atypia”, that is irregularity, a further diagnostic examination is required through surgical removal and histological examination of the mole in question. In the event of regularity, a check at 6-12 months is required, so as to be able to monitor any evolution of the mole and identify any change. This diagnostic method makes it possible to increase the possibility of making an early diagnosis of melanoma by 30% compared to the clinical appointment alone.

The clinic’s activity is coordinated by dr. Pierfranco Simone and is offered under the SSN, My-Hospital and privately.