Don’t Risk Deterioration of Melanoma

Get Your Moles Mapped in 30 Mins for Peace of Mind

Don’t Risk Deterioration of Melanoma

Get Your Moles Mapped in 30 Mins for Peace of Mind

Melanoma

Melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives our skin its color.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Asymmetry - Does your mole have an irregular shape or colour (e.g. two parts that look different)?
  • Border - Does your mole's border look irregular, smudged or jagged?
  • Colour - Is there more than one colour your lesion? It could be a combination of brown, pink, blue, black, white or red. 
  • Diameter - Any mole that is 6mm and larger or is changing in size should be checked by a doctor.
  • Evolving - Is your mole or spot changing in shape, size or colour, or has it become itchy, tender or even bled?

Possible risks if left untreated:

Melanoma is usually curable when detected and treated early.

But once it has spread deeper into the skin or other parts of the body, it becomes difficult to treat and can cause death.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer due to its ability to metastasise to distant body sites such as our organs.

It develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives our skin its colour.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Asymmetry - Does your mole have an irregular shape or colour (e.g. two parts that look different)?
  • Border - Does your mole's border look smudged or jagged?
  • Colour - Is there more than one colour in your lesion? It could be a combination of brown, pink, blue, black, white or red. 
  • Diameter - Any mole that is 6mm and larger or is changing in size should be checked by a doctor.
  • Evolving - Is your mole or spot changing in shape, size or colour, or has it become itchy, tender or even bleeds?

Possible risks if left untreated:

Melanoma is usually curable when detected and treated early.

But once it has spread deeper into the skin or other parts of the body, it becomes difficult to treat and can cause death.


The 5-year relative survival rate of melanoma in its different stages:

Melanoma Stage

5-year relative survival rate

Localised: Stage 0, I, II

(Tumor’s malignant cells have not multiplied to the point they extend beyond the skin)

99%

Regional: Stage III

(Once melanoma has metastasised beyond the original tumour site)

66%

Metastatic: Stage IV

(Spread to distant body sites such as organs)

27%

*Treatments have improved over time, so 5-year relative survival rate is likely to have improved
**Other factors like age and overall health also affect one’s outlook, which has yet to be taken into account

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated 207,390 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2021 alone.

An estimated 7,180 people will die. Of those, 4,600 will be men, and 2,580 will be women.


Even in Singapore, Skin Cancer ranks 6th in male cancers and 7th in female cancers with 1,975 and 1,568 cases reported in Singaporean men and women respectively from 2014 - 2018.

Do not worry. With regular screening, you can detect melanomas early and prevent its deterioration.


Who is most at risk?


You are at increased risk of contracting melanoma if you have:

  • Multiple moles (50 or more) or large moles; the presence of unusual moles that are larger, have irregular borders and are a mix of colours.
  • Personal or family history of skin cancer.
  • Pale skin that burns easily in the sun; Less pigment (melanin) in your skin means less protection from UV radiation. Individuals with blond or red hair, light-coloured eyes are also more likely to develop melanoma.
  • History of severe sunburns or sun exposure; Individuals who have had more than five sunburns are at double the risk for melanoma.

If you have one or more melanoma risk factors, it is recommended for you to get your moles mapped.

Situated close to the equator, we in Singapore experience higher amounts of UV radiation, which is a common cause of melanoma.

What is Mole Mapping and How Can it Detect Early Melanomas?

Mole Mapping device in action

Pose in several positions for the device to capture your entire skin surface

The software analyses your moles and lesions for potential cancers

Mole mapping employs non-invasive imaging technology to monitor new or changing moles.

This high-tech, digital 3D imaging system was designed specifically for dermatology and can capture your entire skin surface in macro quality resolution.

Mole Mapping involves taking over twenty high-resolution photographs to map your body's moles and lesions

This creates a baseline image that allows our dermatologists to monitor your pigmented lesions and identify suspicious spots early.


As most melanomas arise from normal skin and not pre-existing moles, these are essential as a tool for comparison.

The system then utilises AI technology to pick up individual lesions that are suspicious based on factors like asymmetry, border, colour & diameter.

A dermatologist will further examine suspicious moles or lesions

Benefits of Mole Mapping

Detect Earlier

Stage Melanomas

Combined with the traditional full skin check, it increases the sensitivity for detecting malignant lesions.

Reduces Unnecessary 

Skin Biopsies

Studies have shown a higher diagnostic pick-up rate of melanomas than benign moles when mole mapping devices are used.

Improved Melanoma

Diagnostic Accuracy

By combining the AI software with examination by our dermatologists, we can better detect new or subtle melanomas that do not fit the classical clinical profile of the disease.

The entire Mole Mapping & Skin Examination process takes around thirty minutes and costs $250 (excluding GST).

Why Journey with Us

Same-Day Appointments


With five surgeons and five surgery rooms, we can expedite your appointments at no extra cost (subject to availability & condition).

One-Stop Clinic


Equipped with a lab, we can carry out full range of treatments including skin biopsies to skin cancer surgery.


This will save you the time and hassle of heading to different hospitals for your treatments.

Seamless Medical Claims


Our staff are experienced in insurance claims, knowing which procedures are claimable depending on your insurer or Medisave.

We can assist you throughout, from pre-certification/pre-approval to liaising with your company (for those insured by company medical insurance).

Our Dermatologists

Dr. Tay Liang Kiat

MB ChB (Glasg) (UK), MRCP (UK), 
MRCPS (Glasg), FRCP (Edin), 
FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr Tay Liang Kiat specialises in skin cancers, Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatologic surgery, nail surgery and laser procedures.

He was formerly the head of dermatologic surgery, skin cancer, and Mohs micrographic surgery services at Changi General Hospital, Singapore. 

A graduate of the University of Glasgow Medical School (UK), Dr Tay subsequently obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and proceeded to complete his dermatology advanced specialist training at the Singapore General Hospital and National Skin Centre.

After receiving the HMDP fellowship award by the Ministry, Dr Tay underwent further subspecialty training in advanced dermatologic and Mohs micrographic surgery at Oxford, one of the largest regional Mohs referral centres in the UK.

He also pursued his other interest in nail surgery with skills honed from training stints in Europe under the mentorship of world leading nail experts.

Accomplished Accolades:

  • Singapore General Hospital Service with a Heart Awards
  • Changi General Hospital Service Excellence Gold and Silver Awards
  • National EXSA Award for Service Excellence - SPRING Singapore
  • HMDP Fellowship Award, Mohs micrographic surgery and advanced dermatologic surgery- Oxford University Hospitals UK


    Affiliations:
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology)
  • Member, Royal College of Physicians (UK)
  • Member, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow UK)
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh UK)
  • Member, Dermatological Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Medical Association

Dr. Sue-Ann Ho 

M.B.B.S. (Singapore),
MRCP (UK), FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr Sue-Ann Ho is a Consultant Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon.

She was the clinical director of Division of Dermatology at NUHS where she set up the hospital's first Mohs Micrographic Surgery service in 2015.

She has performed more than 500 Mohs Micrographic Surgeries.

Her area of interests include skin cancers and dermatology surgery particularly Mohs Micrographic Surgery. She also sees general dermatology cases including acne, eczema, psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa. She is also a Visiting Consultant to the National University Hospital.

Sue-Ann was a Consultant and Assistant Professor with the National University Health System (NUHS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) respectively. She was also appointed as a Consultant in the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) where she was the Skin Tumour Group lead.

After completing her basic and advanced medical training, she was awarded the prestigious Academic Medicine Development Award by NUH to pursue further training in dermatology surgery and Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland.

Since 2016, she took up leadership positions in NUH’s Division of Dermatology and in education in YLLSoM. She was the Clinical Director for Dermatology (NUH), Deputy Undergraduate Medical Education Directors -Medicine (YLLSoM, NUS, NUHS) and Phase 3 Internal Medicine Posting Director (YLLSoM, NUS, NUHS). In 2020, she was awarded the Fortitude Award for her contributions to medical education during COVID-19.

Sue-Ann is able to speak English and Malay fluently and is conversant in Chinese.

  • Published numerous peer-reviewed journals in her career
  • Skin Tumour Group Lead, National University Cancer Institute
  • Ex-Assistant Professor, Clinician Track, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Consultant, Division of Dermatology, NUHS

Accomplished Accolades:

  • Best Audit Prize - The Mohs Surgery database: a 6-year experience with periocular tumours at the 45th Annual Scottish Dermatology Society Meeting 2015
  • NUHS Academic Medicine Development Award (2014 - 2015)
  • Fortitude Award (2020)

Affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology)
  • Dermatological Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Dermatological Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP(UK))
  • Member of the British Association of Dermatologists

Dr. Evelyn Tay

M.B.B.S (Singapore), MRCP (UK), FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr Evelyn Tay is a fully accredited dermatologist with more than a decade of clinical experience.

Her sub-specialty interests include Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. 

Dr Tay completed her undergraduate medical training at the National University of Singapore, having been placed on the Dean’s list and being awarded the Dermatological Society of Singapore Book Prize for being the top student in Dermatology.

  • Published articles in multiple international journals and is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Awarded research grants to advance knowledge in the field of skin ageing and holds a patent for a novel skin biopsy device
  • Ex-consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon at the Dermatology of Department, Changi General Hospital.
  • Completed her advanced specialist training at the National Skin Centre.

Accomplished Accolades:

  • Recipient of SingHealth Quality Service Award
  • Best Houseman in Medicine
  • Clinical tutor for the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Recipient of Human Manpower Development Programme Award

Affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology)
  • Member of the Dermatological Society of Singapore
  • International Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery.
  • American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Member of the British Association of Dermatologists
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) 

Dr. Kong Yan Ling

M.B.B.S. (Singapore), PG Dip (Practical Derm) (UK), FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr. Kong Yan Ling is a Ministry of Health accredited Consultant Dermatologist.

She has special interest in paediatric dermatology, inpatient/hospital dermatology and aesthetic dermatology and lasers.

She is well-versed in skin surgery and is experienced in managing a broad range of general dermatology conditions including but not limited to eczema, psoriasis, acne, pigmentary disorders, hair/ nail disorders, skin allergies and urticaria. 

In addition, as a result of her experience in inpatient dermatology, she is confident with the use of systemic medications and biologics to manage patients with severe eczema, psoriasis, urticaria and immunobullous diseases. Dr Kong believes in providing up-to-date, personalized and holistic care for her patients.

Prior to joining Dermatology & Surgery Clinic, Dr Kong was a Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre (NSC), and a Visiting Consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. At NSC, she was a core dermatologist in the divisions of paediatric dermatology and inpatient/hospital dermatology. She was also appointed a clinical tutor for the National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University. In recognition of her dedication to educating junior doctors, she was awarded the National Healthcare Group Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Kong graduated from NUS in 2011, and was placed on the Dean’s list for consecutive years. In 2013, she entered the Dermatology Seamless Programme. She excelled in her training years, and was awarded the prestigious Ego-NSC Registrar Fellowship Award, where she did an attachment at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia in 2018. Dr Kong completed her specialist training in Dermatology in 2018, graduating top of her cohort. She also holds a distinction for a postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology, conferred by the University of Cardiff in 2020. 
 
Dr Kong is also actively involved in research and has published widely in numerous international peer-reviewed journals. She has also written several paediatric dermatology-centric book chapters. Dr Kong has given oral and poster presentations in both local and international dermatology conferences, and was awarded Best Case Report Presentation in the Dermatology Update Conference in 2018.
 
Dr Kong is a member of the Dermatological Society of Singapore, Asian Society of Pediatric Dermatology and International Society of Pediatric Dermatology. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology).


Dr. Henry Loh

M.B.B.S (Melbourne)
MRCP (London), FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr Henry Loh graduated from University of Melbourne, Australia. After graduation, he trained at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland and Guy's Hospital in London before coming to Singapore to take up an appointment at the National Skin Center.

He left National Skin Centre in 2005 and became a founding partner of Dermatology Associates at Paragon, Orchard Road in the same year and has been in private practice since then.

Dr Loh has extensive experience in medical, surgical and laser dermatology. He has special interests in atopic eczema, skin allergy, paediatric dermatology, moles / birthmarks and skin cancers.


Dr. Coni Liu

M.B.B.S (Singapore)
M.R.C.S (Edinburgh)

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Dr Coni Liu is a Consultant Dermatologist who specialises in women’s dermatology and sexual health, and immunodermatology. In addition, she also practices in the fields of general dermatology, dermatology surgery, aesthetic dermatology and laser procedures.

Prior to joining Dermatology & Surgery, Dr Liu was formerly a consultant dermatologist with the Singapore National Skin Centre, where part of her role involved overseeing the Women's Clinic at the Department of STI Control. She played in integral role in promoting Women's Health and was an invited speaker for local and international medical conferences. She regularly educates and engages the public on radio talk-shows, by giving magazine interviews and introducing new services at her clinics to improve awareness and care for women in general. For the training of future doctors, she was also a clinical tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore.

Dr Liu graduated from NUS in 2008 and obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2013. She proceeded to complete her dermatology advanced specialist training at the National Skin Centre, qualifying as a Ministry of Health accredited dermatologist.

Dr Liu is a member of the Dermatological Society of Singapore, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology) and Member of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Dr. Kok Wai Leong

M.B.B.S (Singapore)
FAMS (Dermatology)

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Dr Kok Wai Leong is an accredited dermatologist whose areas of specialty include eczema, psoriasis, photodermatology and skin cancers. His broad range of expertise include general dermatology, skin allergies, skin surgery, aesthetic and laser procedures. His treatment philosophy is personalized and holistic patient care. He strongly believes that effective treatment can only be achieved by understanding the individual needs of every patient.

Prior to joining Dermatology & Surgery Clinic, Dr Kok was a visiting consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and at the National Skin Centre. He is experienced in a wide array of therapeutic modalities, including biologic therapy and phototherapy for complex cases of severe eczema and psoriasis. He also previously practised as a dermatologist and chairman of the dermatology medical board in the Military Medicine Institute of the Singapore Armed Forces. He is proficient in the management of occupational-related skin diseases and still continues to serve as a visiting consultant of dermatology with the military.

Dr Kok has a keen interest in clinical research and his work has been presented in regional and international meetings. He has scientific publications in distinguished peer-reviewed journals, and is a reviewer for international journals. He was a clinical tutor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and has received an award in teaching, in recognition of his efforts in education. Dr Kok has also accrued accolades in service excellence and clinical quality, which is testament to his commitment to building strong doctor-patient relationships.

Dr Kok is a member of the Dermatological Society of Singapore, the Chapter of Dermatology, College of Physicians (Singapore), Asian Society of Paediatric Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Dermatology).


All our dermatologists are accredited specialists by Ministry of Health with listing at Specialist Registry.

Gain Peace of Mind by Mole Mapping Your Body Today

Melanoma is estimated to kill 7,180 people in the United States alone this year.

As survival rates drop sharply upon metastasising beyond the original tumour site, no treatment is a substitute for early detection.

If you have one or more risk factors, you are encouraged to have your moles mapped in thirty minutes to reduce the risks of mole and lesion developments going unnoticed.

  • Full-body mole map & report
  • Skin screening by a Dermatologist
  • Seamless medical claims with assistance from our staff

It costs $250.00 (excluding GST). 


Fill up the form below, and one of our friendly staff will get back to you shortly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim under Medisave for these treatments?

We are accredited by the Singapore Ministry of Health to submit Medisave claims for skin cancer and Micrographic (Mohs) surgeries.


Medisave can also be used for your immediate family members i.e. spouses, parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at 66537588.

Is Mole Mapping claimable by my health insurance?

Similar to Medisave, many of our procedures are covered under health insurance plans.


Our staff are experienced in insurance claims and are able to assist you throughout, from precertification/approval to liaising with your company for claims.

For more information, simply fill up the form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

How should I prepare for Mole Mapping?

Mole mapping works best if your skin is clear and the moles are easy to see from a distance. If you are very hairy, you may wish to consider shaving or waxing before your appointment.

Do I need to undress?

You can continue to wear your underwear. However, you may choose to remove it briefly if you have spots on your back, breasts or buttocks.

Is the procedure safe?

Most definitely. Mole mapping uses digital photography - similar to that of a camera.

Are my photographs kept securely?

We place utmost emphasis on your privacy. Your photographs will be encrypted securely, only accessible by our dermatologists.

Will I be able to obtain a copy of my baseline photographs?

Yes. Your baseline photographs are available upon request.

For further inquiries, fill up the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

How often do I have to return for subsequent visits?

We will assess your level of risk for skin cancer to determine the frequency of your subsequent visits. For most patients, an annual mole map suffices.

Will it be awkward?

Not at all! You may even let us know if you feel more comfortable with a female or male photographer so we can arrange accordingly to your needs.

How long will it take?

The mole mapping process itself takes less than fifteen minutes. A dermatologist will then examine your report for suspicious moles and lesions. The whole visit should take around thirty minutes.

How much does mole mapping cost?

The whole mole mapping & skin examination costs $250 (excluding GST).

Find Us

Paragon
290 Orchard Road, #17-01/02
Singapore 238859
Contact us: 66537588