Skin Surveillance Program

As skin cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, early detection is vital to successful treatment. In response, The Melanoma Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center has partnered with MoleSafe USA to begin offering a Skin Surveillance Program to provide the community with access to diagnostic screening for the early detection of skin cancers, including melanoma.

Using the latest in total body photography, serial digital dermoscopic imaging, and expert diagnosis the SSP has the accuracy to reveal changes in a patient’s skin to detect skin cancer at the earliest possible stage for fast, effective treatment. This comprehensive skin documentation system is designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam.

The Skin Surveillance Program uses total body photography to create an electronic record of your skin. Using a specialized dermatoscope, a trained nurse (Melanographer)takes clinical and dermoscopic images to create an electronic record of your skin. This record is used during regular follow-up visits as a baseline for detecting changes in existing moles and lesions, as well as spotting any new ones. Results from the Skin Surveillance Program screening are assessed and diagnosed by an expert dermatologist/dermoscopist, and a detailed report is sent to you and your doctor that includes recommendations for treating and/or monitoring suspicious lesions.

The Skin Surveillance Program represents a new standard of care and is part of a life-long program for the early detection of skin cancer, including melanoma. Its key elements include:

  • Risk Assessment: Using its database, MoleSafe has developed a risk assessment model that can help identify patients who may be at higher risk of melanoma.
  • Total-Body Photography: The use of total-body photography creates a baseline of the patient’s skin and therefore helps the MoleSafe specialists to identify both new and changing lesions that might indicate skin cancer.
  • Serial Digital Dermoscopic Imaging: Individual moles are imaged using dermoscopy, a technique that combines high magnification and high light intensity, allowing doctors to see below the skin surface, providing them with more information than the naked eye to determine if skin lesions are benign or malignant. Moles are tagged to their location on the body for subsequent diagnosis, identification and comparison over time.
  • Diagnosis and Management: The patient’s complete skin record, including digital images and clinical information, is sent via a secure tele-dermatology network to MoleSafe’s panel of world-class melanoma dermatologists (dermoscopists) for analysis and reporting. Patients and their designated doctors receive their reports.
  • Education and Follow-Up: The MoleSafe melanographer, a trained nurse, educates patients about the risks of sun exposure, and helps generate a continuing partnership between MoleSafe, the patient, and his/her doctor.

The cost varies depending on what procedure you have. When you call, a customer service representative will talk you through the options. They can also any questions regarding insurance and payment plan options.

To book an appointment or for more information on MoleSafe, please visit www.molesafe.com/barnabas-health/ or call 1-877-MOLESAFE (1-877-665-3723).