Mole Scanning Service
Sometimes moles can change, and if they do it’s important to get them checked
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- You can book an appointment online
- You’ll receive your results within one week
- You can collect Boots Advantage Card points too
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 fee that you pay for this service is divided between our pharmacy for providing Stage 1 of the service and ScreenCancer for providing Stage 2
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