Diagnosis And Treatment Of Melanoma And Skin Cancers

Dermoscopic examination by a qualified skin cancer doctor
No referral is necessary to book an appointment

Melanoma Danger Factors – Are you at risk?

A close family member with skin cancer.

If one of your parents, brother or sister has had melanoma you have twice the risk of developing melanoma yourself

Many moles.

Your melanoma risk increases if you have a large number of moles, especially if they are large in size

Use of sunbeds.

Don’t! There is no evidence to suggest that UV exposure from any type of sunbed is less harmful than UV exposure from the sun

Outdoor worker.

You may not have protected yourself from the sun adequately, and had a high UV exposure

Fair skin, blue eyes, blond or red hair.

Fair skin, many freckles in childhood, blue eyes, blond or red hair makes your risk higher.

Badly sunburnt in childhood.

Blistering sunburn at any age increases your risk – but the risk is greater if you were sunburnt as a child

Sunburn easily.

If you burn quickly you are at greater risk for all skin cancers

Keen sportsperson.

Stick to INDOOR cricket!! Refer comments above.

if you have one of these, you should have a full skin check with MoleMedic.

Find out more about what we offer

Appointment Costs

You will be checked for all skin cancers such as Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, & Melanoma

Appointment costs from 1 July 2020 are:

Single Lesion Examination: $125
First Consultation – Full Skin Cancer Check:   $265
Annual / Subsequent Full Skin Cancer Check : $225

MoleMedic is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society. For members of Southern Cross Health Society the cost of a skin cancer check is covered. The percentage cover is subject to the terms of your specific policy – some members elect for 100% cover, others for 80% cover, or higher excesses. Please refer to your policy for the Specialist Cover you elected.

Some lesions may be digitally imaged for clinical records and future comparison. An additional charge may apply

How does MoleMedic detect abnormal moles?

At your consultation at MoleMedic you will see an experienced doctor with specific qualifications in Dermoscopy.  You will be fully checked and your skin is examined for all skin cancers. Any suspicious mole/s will be examined in detail with a dermatoscope and digital images will be taken if deemed necessary and stored for future clinical comparison.

Dermoscopy (also known as dermatoscopy) refers to the examination of the skin using skin surface microscopy, and is also called ‘epiluminoscopy’ and ‘epiluminescent microscopy’. Dermoscopy is used to evaluate pigmented skin lesions, such as moles. In experienced hands it ensures a more reliable diagnosis of melanoma. 

After discussion, a recommendation will be made – either for a follow-up review at a future date, or treatment such as a topical cream or an excision.

Treatment of Skin Cancers and Melanoma

Not all skin cancers need to be treated surgically.

Pre-cancerous sunspots (actinic keratoses) and some superficial skin cancers can be treated by topical application of creams.  Commonly used creams are Efudix and Aldara.

Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen) or cautery can also cure superficial BCCs and SCCs. 

This can be done at MoleMedic if you choose – but may require another separate appointment unless a prior arrangement is made.  Surgery & Cryotherapy may be covered under your Southern Cross insurance.

For deeper cancers, surgical excision is the recommended treatment. Surgery is offered by MoleMedic to a high level. It may include small skin grafts or ‘flap surgery’ to achieve good cosmetic results.

The specimen goes to the pathology laboratory for diagnosis and also to determine the depth of the cancer. This is important to determine the risk of spreading and whether a further excision is required.

What if I need something removed?

Surgical removal including advanced flap repairs and skin grafts are all offered by MoleMedic if necessary.If you prefer, you can return to your own GP for removal of a lesion that requires simple excision.
Your GP receives a copy of the histology after surgery.

Remote Consultations Available

Submit a photo digitally through Firstcheck

MoleMedic can offer you a remote consultations using the Firstcheck app. Firstcheck is independent of MoleMedic but enables this service

Using your smartphone you can upload photos of your moles and spots directly to MoleMedic for $19.95

Send your digital image using Firstcheck to Dr Brian Wills at our Bay of Plenty clinics
Send your digital image using Firstcheck at Dr Michele Wills at our Wanaka clinic

Your remote consultation is more accurate if you purchase the Skinscope available from Firstcheck. 
The Skinscope is a skin magnifier lens. It helps you take highly-magnified photos with your smartphone to send to MoleMedic.

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