Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in every 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. It’s no wonder that more people are using total body photography as a diagnostic tool before dermatologist mole removal.
Total body photography, otherwise known as mole mapping, helps dermatologists identify and monitor lesions on the skin in order to detect skin cancers; including melanoma. When performing the mole mapping treatment, a professional uses FotoFinder to take high-resolution photos of the skin to document any existing moles on the body.
While some people are more genetically predisposed to skin cancer than others, mole mapping is beneficial to anyone who spends a great deal of time in the sun and tanning booth or someone who has a family history of cancer. Mole mapping is also especially beneficial to those who suffer from a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, cancer, chemotherapy, or HIV.
During your mole mapping appointment, you may undress to your level of comfort. If advised by your dermatologist, the photography may include more nudity. However, you are free to decline. A FotoFinder session is comparable to a breast examination.
At North Metro Dermatology, we find that our patients are most comfortable with females, so one female medical professional will take the photographs, while another female may be appointed as a chaperone. You are also welcome to ask a family member or friend to accompany you during the session. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must be present.
The mole mapping session lasts for about 30 minutes. During this time, 16 to 20 photographs are taken. Please note that prior to beginning your session, you will need to sign an informed consent form.
Here are a few tips and precautions you should keep in mind:
Your photographs are securely stored on a local server. We do not use off-site locations or cloud storage to ensure no one but your dermatologist will ever view your photos. When you receive your photos, you will be provided with encrypted digital copies.
Unfortunately, most commercial insurance companies do not yet cover mole mapping and removal. Even so, you may be eligible for coverage by some flexible benefits programs.
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