For the Patient

The Big Question.

If one of the best indicators of a potential melanoma problem is a change of an existing mole or the development of a new mole (more important the older you get), how can you not have a baseline series of images of your skin surface? Melanoma can strike anyone, anywhere. People with the highest risk include those with fair skin, family history of melanoma, history of abnormal moles or a previous diagnosis of melanoma.

Why Early Preparation is Strongly Recommended

Melanoma is a gathering storm. It is a highly aggressive form of skin cancer that develops in approximately 66,000 people a year and kills nearly 9,000 Americans annually. Of the top 7 cancers in the U.S., melanoma is the only cancer on the increase. Despite the well-publicized dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun’s rays and indoor tanning beds, the incidence of melanoma has continued to increase over the past several decades. When left untreated, melanoma grows and quickly spreads to other parts of the body, resulting in a very poor prognosis.

What Can I Do?

You can take an active part in your prevention and treatment by taking advantage of DigitalDerm, Inc.s MoleMap Technology Service. By keeping an active image history on the changes in your skin your physician can determine which changes are natural and which need closer observation. MoleMap Technology Service bridges the gap between patient and physician memory and facts about your changing skin.

Information and Common Questions about MoleMap Technology Service

What is MoleMap Technology Service?

DigitalDerm’s MoleMap Technology Service is your early warning system. When found early melanoma is almost 100% curable. The MoleMap Technology Service increases the odds of early detection by providing precise, high-resolution digital images of the skin surface of patients who are at risk for melanoma with the ability to zoom in on any particular mole of concern. With high speed user-friendly features for baseline comparison and very high levels of magnification, the use of the MoleMap Technology Service helps you and your physician to detect the slightest changes in the size, shape and color of moles, freckles and age spots. That is why leading dermatologists in the United States recommend the MoleMap Technology Service—because it’s proven to be a tremendous help to find melanoma early.

Is the MoleMap Technology Service Recognized?

The MoleMap Technology Service is a recognized medical service by the American Medical Association which issued a CPT code (96904).

What is the cost of the MoleMap Technology Service?

The current fee of the MoleMap Technology Service is $425.00 (with the exception in certain U.S. cities) which is paid at the time of the service. You can pay the entire fee at that time or pay $125.00 at the time of imaging and utilize a no fee, no interest 3 or 6 month payment plan.
Is the MoleMap Technology Service covered by health insurance reimbursement?

Is the fee for the service reimbursable?

The MoleMap Technology Service is recognized as a reimbursable medical expense by an increasing number of health insurance companies as well as self-insured companies and organizations. In addition, you can use your Health Savings Account to pay for the service. DigitalDerm also provides a 3 or 6 month no interest payment plan. If you have any questions, you can speak to one of our Patient Relations Representatives by calling toll-free 1.800.368.6223 or by filling out the inquiry form located in the Contact tab.

Why should I not take photos of my moles?

The images taken during your MoleMap Technology Service are taken of your skin surface by a trained imaging specialist under controlled lighting conditions to produce a standardized series of high resolution images that are reviewed for quality prior to being uploaded for access by you and the physician. The images you take of a particular mole might not be of the same quality and resolution of the images taken by us. In addition, without the use of a baseline standard to visualize and/or measure change the value of the images can be compromised.

The Next Step

Ask your physician to send in a referral for you to schedule an appointment for a MoleMap Technology Service session. Your physician may already have a referral form. If not, you or your physician can contact us to arrange for the physician to receive a Physician’s Starter Kit. And,once we receive your referral one of our Patient Relations Representative will contact you, answer any and all of your questions and schedule an appointment for your session.

FAQ

What are the benefits of using the MoleMap Technology Service?

Patients at-risk of melanoma often feel stressed, anxious and not involved in their treatment program. The use of the DigitalDerm, Inc. MoleMap Technology Service allows you, the patient, to take an active part in your treatment program; and, thus, lessen your stress and anxiety. The images generated with the MoleMap Technology Service allows you to observe, compare and document changes on your skin surface within the privacy of your home and call your physician when a change is detected. Because the service provides an accurate baseline of the skin surface, the MoleMap Technology Service aids you in detecting skin changes in existing and new moles thereby alerting your physician to potential melanomas between routine office visits.

How do I know if the MoleMap Technology Service is right for me?

The MoleMap Technology Service can be a valuable tool for patients at-risk for melanoma. The risk factors include a family history of melanoma or a personal history of melanoma or a personal history of moles known as dysplastic nevi. Many physicians also recommend the MoleMap Technology Service if you have numerous “normal” moles, known as melanocytic nevi. Even if you have dark skin, no one is without risk. It is important to ask your doctor if the MoleMap Technology Service is right for you.

How do I use the MoleMap Technology Service?

DigitalDerm, Inc. recommends you perform a monthly Skin Self-Examination (SSE) in the privacy of your home. However, whether due to the self-examination or with a cursory look if you think a mole has changed or a new mole (more important the older you get) has developed, you access your images and compare the baseline image with the mole of concern. If you think the mole has changed, we recommend you schedule an office visit with your physician as soon as possible.

What is the value of home Skin Self-Examination (SSE)?

If you are at risk for melanoma, your physician has most likely recommended that you do Skin Self-Examinations (SSE) at home on a regular basis. When you know the pattern of the moles, spots, freckles and other marks on your skin, you can recognize changes more easily.
Using images from your MoleMap Technology Service during your SSE also can help relieve your stress, anxiety and guesswork. The images serve as an accurate basis of comparison as you look at any unusual sores, lumps, spots, markings or changes. Sometimes the changes may be a sign of melanoma, or a warning that it might develop. When you see something suspicious, you simply compare your mole to the corresponding image. Immediately you can see if the change is real or imagined.

What to look for during a SSE?

Moles that develop into melanoma usually have certain unusual features. They often look different from ordinary moles. During a SSE, check your skin for moles, freckles, sores, lumps, spots, markings, or changes that do not look right—something that just doesn’t match your regular mole pattern. Use the “ABCDE’s” to help you:

Asymmetry Does one side of the mole look different from the other?
Borders Is the edge of the mole uneven, notched, ragged or blurred?
Color Does the mole have different colors on it, such as patchy areas of brown, blue, red, tan, white or gray?
Diameter Is the diameter of the mole more than a quarter-inch around (about the size of a pencil eraser)?
Evolution Has the mole changed in size, shape or color over a short amount of time?
The mole might become scaly or crusty, or it might ooze and bleed. It might feel itchy, tender or painful. It might become red and swollen. If you see these kinds of changes, contact your physician immediately.
What do I do if I find a troubling spot?

The MoleMap Technology Service is an adjunct tool for use in the early detection of melanoma. While it helps you observe and compare changes on your skin, it does not replace visual exams done by your physician. If you have any doubts or concerns, contact your physician immediately.

What is the Powerful Duo?

The powerful duo is comprised of the use of the MoleMap Technology Service in conjunction with the use of dermoscopy. The MoleMap Technology Service establishes a baseline series of images of the skin surface. This baseline is used as a platform to help identify moles that have changed or developed since the baseline was established.

Once a mole has been identified as changed or new, the use of dermoscopy is employed to further examine more deeply the mole of concern.

How do I find a physician to refer me to schedule the MoleMap Technology Service?

A toll free call to one of our Patient Relations Representatives (1.800.358.6223) will let you know if your physician is already enrolled in our national physician referral network. In the event your physician is not, we will contact the physician’s practice and enroll the physician in our network. We will identify a physician close to you in the event you do not already have access to a physician.

What is the fee for the MoleMap Technology Service?

The fee is $425.00 (with the exception of certain specified cities)for the MoleMap Technology Service paid at the time of imaging. Please call (toll free) our Patient Relations Representatives at 1.800.368.6223 if you have any questions.