Mole Scanning Service

Sometimes moles can change, and if they do it’s important to get them checked

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What is the Mole Scanning Service?

The Mole Scanning Service provides you with an assessment of moles and pigmented lesions you’re worried about, and can help to identify any that might be suspicious.

The service doesn’t provide a diagnosis of skin cancer, but ScreenCancer Dermatology Specialists analyse the moles/lesions and can help identify any suspicious moles that might need further investigation.

Come in and talk to our specially trained pharmacy advisors if you’re worried about moles on your body. The service is operated by ScreenCancer with assistance from trained members of selected Boots pharmacy teams. 

Who can use the service?

The Mole Scanning Service is for those aged 18 years old and over. If you are younger than 18, please see your GP if you have any concerns about your moles or pigmented lesions.

Please note, we cannot scan any moles or pigmented lesions:

  • Located in an intimate area of the body (e.g. genitals, areas of the breasts covered by a bra)
  • On the eyelid or the tip of an ear
  • Covered by an excessive amount of hair
  • That are wet, open or bleeding
  • That are on a tattoo
  • Located directly over a pacemaker

If any of these exclusions apply to you and you are still concerned about your mole, please see your GP for help.

Which Boots stores offer this service?

Aberdeen, Garthdee Road Retail Park, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 7AY

Ascot, 23 High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7HG

Bath, Southgate Centre, 1 Newark Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1AT

Belfast, 34-47 Donegall Place, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 5AD

Birkenhead, 215 Grange Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 2PH

Birmingham, 66 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7TA

Bolton, Middlebrook Retail Park, Middlebrook Drive, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 6JA

Bournemouth, Castle Point Shopping Park, Castle Point, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9UB

Canterbury, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, 12 Gravel Walk, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TF

Cardiff, 36 Queen Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 2RG

Cheltenham, 197-199 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1DB

Chester, 47-55 Forgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NA

Derby, Intu Shopping Centre, 1 Devonshire Walk, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2AH

Dumfries, 74 High Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, DG1 2BS

Exeter, 250-251 High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3QD

Gateshead, Metro Centre, 46-52 Cameron Walk, Gateshead, County Durham, NE11 9YQ

Glasgow, Buchanan Galleries, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1 2GF

Ipswich, 5 Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3AA

Kendal, 66 Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PU

Kidderminster, Unit 15, Weavers Walk Retail Park, Kiddeminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1AA

Leeds, Trinity Shopping Centre, 1 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EY

Lincoln, 311-312 High Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 7DZ

Lisburn, Sprucefield Shopping Centre, 62 Sprucefield Centre, Lisburn, County Antrim, BT27 5UJ

Liverpool, Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1QR

Liverpool, New Mersey Retail Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L24 8QB

London, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London, Middlesex, NW4 3FB

London, Canary Wharf, Unit 14 Canada Square, London, Middlesex, E14 5AX

London, Fleet Street, 120 Fleet Street, London, Middlesex, EC4A 2BE

London, Holborn, 122 Holborn, London, Middlesex, EC1N 2TD

London, Liverpool Street Station, 11 Octagon Arcade, London, Middlesex, EC2M 2AB

London, Gloucester, 128 Gloucester Rd, London, Middlesex, SW7 4SF

London, Sedley Place, 361 Oxford Street, London, Middlesex, W1C 2JL

London, Stratford City, 31-34 The Arcade Lower Ground Floor, Olympic Park, London, Middlesex, E20 1EH

London, Tottenham Court, 16-17 Tottenham Court Road, London, Middlesex, W1T 1AZ

Manchester, 32 Market St, Manchester, Lancashire, M1 1PL

Manchester, Trafford Centre, 10 Peel Avenue, Manchester, Lancashire, M17 8BD

Milton Keynes, 18 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3AH

Norwich, Chapelfield Merchants Hall, Lower Ground, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1SH

Nottingham, Victoria Centre, 11-19 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 3QS

Oakham, Cold Overton Health Centre, Cold Overton Road, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 6NT

Peterborough, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1NW

Sheffield, Meadowhall Shopping Centre, 44A High Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 1EN

Southampton, 19-29 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7DX

Southport, 31-39 Chapel Street, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 1AH

Stevenage,  Roaring Meg Shopping Centre, London Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1XN

Tamworth, Ventura Retail Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3JD

Warrington, Gemini Retail Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7TY

Weston-Super-Mare, Locking Castle District Centre, Summer Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 7AY

York, 43 Coney St, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9QL

How it works

There are two stages to the Mole Scanning Service.

Stage 1

A member of your Boots pharmacy team will talk with you in a private consultation room. There will be a short questionnaire to assess your risk factors for skin cancer and a consent form to complete.

  • You will be asked to identify the mole(s) or pigmented lesion(s) that you would like scanned – please note, our Boots pharmacy team cannot advise you on this
  • Then a scan of the mole(s) or pigmented lesion(s) will be taken using a ScreenCancer SIAscope
  • The images and information will then be sent securely to a ScreenCancer Dermatology Specialist for analysis

The consultation will last about 20 minutes.

Stage 2

The scans will be analysed by a ScreenCancer Dermatology Specialist for signs of malignant melanoma, with a report sent to you within one week.

If it shows that your mole(s) or pigmented lesion(s) is/are at risk, a ScreenCancer Dermatology Nurse will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Our bodies and moles are always changing and we can’t guarantee that a mole that has been considered normal will always remain so. It’s important to be aware of any changes to the mole/pigmented lesion and to use the ABCDE rule to self-check.

What is the ABCDE rule?

Asymmetry – Melanoma lesions are usually asymmetrical and irregular in shape, whereas benign moles tend to be symmetrical

Border – The border of early melanomas can be uneven and may present as a series of semi-circular curves or v-shaped points. Benign moles have smooth, even borders

Colour – A melanoma may present as a variety of colours and can in some instances become red, white or blue. Benign moles tend to be one colour, normally a single shade of brown

Diameter – Melanomas tend to have a larger diameter than benign moles, typically greater than 6mm in diameter

Evolving – Moles or lesions that begin to change in any way (e.g. size, shape, colour, elevation, bleeding, itching, crusting etc) must be reviewed

Benefits of the service

How much does the service cost?*

  • The first mole/pigmented lesion will cost £35
  • Each additional mole/pigmented lesion scanned within the one consultation will cost £15

If you wish to have more than four moles scanned we advise you to speak to your GP.

*The Boots Mole Scanning Service is run by ScreenCancer. Therefore the fee that you pay for this service is paid to ScreenCancer.

What can I do to reduce my risk?

Here are some useful tips to help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer:

  • Avoid staying out in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor appropriate for your skin type and climate (at least SPF30) and follow the pack instructions about reapplying it frequently
  • Choose a product that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, as both can increase the risk of skin cancers and skin ageing
  • Don’t use sunbeds
  • Check your skin every few months for changes in moles or signs of new moles/pigmented lesions appearing

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