Dr. Tilman Stasch
Vitality Fountain Clinic
Suite 6B – GROSVENOR
+254 725 045 705
+254 714 144 000
Looking at the skin which is our largest organ, a high incidence of morbidity and mortality causes huge burdens on patient`s health and also cost for the medical insurance industry.
Where prevention of skin damage is lead by education, use of protective clothing and sunscreens, prevention of progression of skin lesions to skin cancers is of paramount importance. The only way to do this is through professional, expert screening of the skin and close follow up of those patients who are at highest risk, as well as educated self-examination.
Vitality Fountain Clinic addresses skin issues which includes skin cancer screening, prevention, and treatment. Our Specialists have extensive experience in the medical and surgical treatment of skin cancers.
Mole mapping at Vitality Fountain Clinic uses full-body digital imaging to find new lesions on your skin and monitor changes in existing moles that could develop into skin cancers or melanoma. Using eDermoscopy (using the German Fotofinder technology, this state-of-the-art method allows sooner intervention should any changes be observed.
We ALWAYS recommend a FULL skin check especially if you have never been to our clinic – because in our experience, the mole you are concerned about might be harmless, but the really dangerous one will be at the back of your ankle, your lower back, or between your toes!
Mole mapping always includes a thorough clinical skin examination and digital dermoscopy to identify and evaluate lesions of concern for those at high risk of malignant melanoma, as well as other skin cancers.
With mole mapping, we aim to diagnose melanoma at the earliest possible stage, since new moles or changes in preexisting moles can be identified by regular examinations. Changing moles have features that may be suspicious of melanoma if the lesion has a disordered structure clinically or on dermoscopy.
It is important to note that while some lesions are obvious potential cancer growths, others may not be apparent despite the close-up dermatoscopy images. These moles may be excised (biopsied) and examined further using histological techniques. Should this be the case, we will discuss in detail the need to biopsy the lesion.
We make sure that you get to know your moles very well – because if you identify new moles or changes in existing moles, you can immediately get in touch and we can check them. After your exam, we always compile a detailed mole map and report – this is sent to you via email 1-2 weeks after the appointment. With these reports you will be able to monitor all mapped moles for changes in size, shape and colour. Self-examination has been shown in numerous studies to increase the chance of detecting malignant melanoma at an earlier stage.
Changing mole, (right before, left 1year later):
Histology after excisional biopsy at our Clinic showed severe dysplasia of the cells. The excision prevented potential progression to melanoma.
We often get asked what the best age would be to have children checked for moles or even do a full mole mapping. We recommend mole mapping for children in these cases:
In Kenya, most insurances cover the visit to a specialist skin doctor if you have a skin lesion you are concerned about. Routine screening is usually excluded in most covers. So yes, when you come to see us at Vitality Fountain Clinic, it would usually be for something suspicious that you want to have checked. We will fill in your insurance forms for you to be able to claim your consultation and exam fees back. If you need to have a skin biopsy, we would usually write a medical report and include – if requested – the dermatoscopic pictures of the moles and lesions in question. That way your insurance can give a pre-treatment approval for the procedure to go ahead.
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