Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and the incidence rates from melanoma are now amongst the highest in the world.
With this in mind we take skin cancer detection very seriously, knowing it is usually treatable if detected early. We offer patients different options, Skin Checks and Mole Mapping, the doctors will assess your risk and advise which approach is the best for you.
Skin cancer rarely hurts but it can be seen, and therefore a professional Skin Check should become a part of your routine health check. Everyone exposed to the harsh UV rays of the New Zealand sun should have a Skin Check and a skin plan going forward.
The appointment will involve a full body skin check, a very effective means of detecting all skin cancers including melanomas, squamous or basal cell skin cancers. The doctors can tell from the shape, colour and features of moles/freckles what level of risk they present, and what if anything needs to be done. They will also provide you with a skin plan for the future.
The cost of a full skin check is $94.00
Another option is the NAEVUS Mole Mapping service this uses the most up-to-date video imaging and computer technology. Images are taken of your moles and magnified, allowing the structure to be examined in a way that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
These images are permanently stored so that new images taken at later dates can be added and compared, allowing detection of any changes that have occurred over time to be assessed by a professional trained in dermoscopy.
Mole mapping is one of the most effective ways of detecting melanoma in its earliest and most treatable form. It is ideal for people at increased risk of melanoma including people who have many moles and those with a history or family history of melanoma. Read more about what will be included in your Naevus Mole Mapping consultation.
The cost of a Naevus consultation is $275
Our doctors are skilled in Skin Cancer surgery and may be able to surgically remove moles, skin lesions that are identified as being abnormal.
There are topical treatments available that can be used to treat certain forms of skin cancer. These can be discussed with the doctor you are seeing.
Prevention is still the best medicine
Don’t forget to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, wrap on some sunglasses.
The Skin CareTeam
The NAEVUS Mole Mapping and Skin Checking clinic is run by Dr Bert Rauber, Dr Joe Cornforth and three nurses, Sue Mulligan, Daphne Brown and Virgina Pak.
Both our doctors are qualified in skin cancer detection and management. They are accredited with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. Combined the doctors have extensive experience in skin dermoscopy and are passionate about encouraging patients to have skin checks and mole maps knowing that early detection is the absolute key to beating this cancer
Contact the team to discuss which option is best for you, call 07 839 1232 to book an appointment.
It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes…. Better still is to get an expert to check it for you.