Skin cancer is categorised as melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). The three most common skin cancers are:
Most of us have spots on our skin. That’s quite normal. Finding skin cancer as early as possible is the key to successful treatment. It is important to get to know your skin so that you can notice any changes. Speak to your mole doctor if you have a mole, freckle or spot that:
This is the main type of skin cancer screening required for the average person. This involves a systematic head to toe skin check using a dermatoscope to examine all appropriate skin lesions.
During the skin check your mole doctor will advice which lesions need to be photographed for on-going surveillance and which lesions need to be biopsied or removed. Generally photographs can be taken in the same appointment but another appointment will be required for minor surgery.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and accounts for over 80% of all cancers diagnosed in New Zealand.
Skin cancer is largely preventable by having good sun protection. Over 90% of all skin cancer cases are attributed to excess sun exposure. We encourage all New Zealanders to be SunSmart and to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap.’
It is important to detect skin cancer, especially melanoma, as soon as possible. Early detection generally gives the best chance of successfully treating cancer.
This is a type of skin cancer screening where photos are taken of the whole body and moles of concern are photographed using a dermatoscope for on-going surveillance. This is useful for people who have over 50 significant moles as otherwise it can be a challenge for patients to know which moles are changing. These photos assist your mole doctor to detect which moles are changing and hence suspicious for cancer.
This takes approximately 1 hour and costs $250. You can have an electronic copy of your images or we can print out a hard copy for you on request ($20 per copy)