THE TREAT­MENT TRY­OUT

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Health screen­ing pro­grammes for women

With so many clin­ics and spas vy­ing for your at­ten­tion, know­ing Which health tests and treat­ments are Worth your dirhams can be dizzy­ing. this month, We look into health screen­ing pack­ages and find out Which War­rant the spend When in­sur­ance Won’t foot the bill

THE TREAT­MENT

dig­i­tal mole map­ping at euromed Clinic

WHO’S IT FOR?

given the uae’s cli­mate, it’s a rare per­son who wouldn’t ben­e­fit from this safety-first ap­proach. Skin can­cer can be eas­ily treated when spot­ted early, and this screen­ing pro­gramme aims to iden­tify any prob­lem­atic moles be­fore they be­come symp­to­matic.

THE CON­SUL­TA­TION

While be­ing sen­si­ble with sun­screen is pretty stan­dard prac­tice for most, there’s no ques­tion that many of us get more sun­shine than we did at home – and for light skinned ex­pats, that can be a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem. While I’m al­ways cau­tious when sun­ning my­self by the pool, there’s no ques­tion I can be a lit­tle lax dur­ing the week, and while fa­cial sun­screen is a daily rit­ual, I’m def­i­nitely guilty of head­ing out in the morn­ing with­out pro­tect­ing the skin on my arms and neck and, as a re­sult, I’ve no­ticed an in­creas­ing num­ber of freck­les and moles ap­pear­ing in those ar­eas in re­cent years. While I’m a lit­tle ner­vous about what dr Irena Ivanovska might find in my ap­point­ment, she’s very per­son­able and im­me­di­ately puts me at ease (at least un­til I re­alise that, hav­ing for­got­ten about my ap­point­ment in the morn­ing rush, I’m wear­ing my very worst laun­dry day pants. Word from the wise, you will have to strip down to your underwear, so try and wear some that is at least pre­sentable). I lie down on the ex­am­i­na­tion bed and dr Ivanovska me­thod­i­cally scans my whole body, us­ing a small hand-held de­vice called a der­mo­scope to ex­am­ine all my ar­eas of vis­i­ble sun ex­po­sure. The process is en­tirely pain­less, just like hav­ing a torch pressed gen­tly on to your skin, but I’m as­sured the pow­er­ful lit­tle de­vice can de­tect changes in pre-ex­ist­ing moles that make it far eas­ier to de­ter­mine can­cer­ous and pre-can­cer­ous melanocytic le­sions. Thank­fully, I’m as­sured that the vast ma­jor­ity of my ‘moles’ are ac­tu­ally dark freck­les, and that the moles I do have all look well. That said, the sheer num­ber of freck­les on the ar­eas I com­monly ex­pose to the sun do earn me a warn­ing about the im­por­tance of daily sun­screen ap­pli­ca­tion on all un­clothed ar­eas, es­pe­cially on my pale Celtic com­plex­ion.

THE VERDICT

The ap­point­ment is short and straight­for­ward, but know­ing that I have a bench­mark from which to watch for changes in my skin is very re­as­sur­ing. one key to avoid­ing skin can­cer is in watch­ing for changes in moles, and hav­ing had my skin checked and know­ing which marks ac­tu­ally count as moles, I now feel bet­ter able to mon­i­tor changes my­self, and would hap­pily re­turn the minute I see any change. For me, it’s noth­ing more than re­as­sur­ing, but for oth­ers, in­clud­ing some of my friends, the dis­cov­ery of prob­lem­atic moles at an early stage can prove noth­ing short of life­sav­ing – and that’s got to be worth half an hour of any­one’s time.

COST

der­ma­tol­ogy con­sul­ta­tions with dr Ivanovska cost dhs500 while full dig­i­tal mole map­ping is dhs1,100. Mole map­ping is gen­er­ally not cov­ered by stan­dard health in­sur­ance pack­ages.

Euromed, Villa 611, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 3945422. Taxi: be­side First Abu Dhabi Bank, Beach Road. eu­romed­clin­ic­dubai.com

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