HEALTH

MoleMap Provide Extensive Skin Cancer Services in Wellington

Thursday 30 May 2019, 1:01PM
By Beckie Wright
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The friendly MoleMap Wellington team have been detecting and diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers for over two decades, providing skin check and mole check services in the Wellington region. The MoleMap Wellington Skin Clinic combines a proven skin mapping system and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.

New Zealand’s skin cancer rates are among the highest in the world, and our high skin cancer rates are due to high levels of UV radiation in New Zealand during daylight savings months, low ozone levels over New Zealand, our outdoor lifestyle and tendency to ‘seek the sun' and a high proportion of people with fair skin.

The three diagnostic tools that are routinely used by MoleMap’s specialist dermatologists to aid their diagnoses are Dermoscopy, Serial Monitoring and Total Body Photography. Only MoleMap routinely uses all three of these techniques in its world recognised melanoma detection and surveillance programme for all of its patients. Combine this with the skills of specialist dermatologists and a one hour initial consultation and you’ve got a very thorough and accurate procedure.

The MoleMap Wellington Skin Clinic is designed to help diagnose melanoma at an early stage, and as with most cancers, the earlier melanoma is detected the better the prognosis. As you get older, the key is to prevent further skin damage and to be part of a regular mole check screening programme. If you notice any darker, growing or changing moles when you do your own mole check – or any skin changes that look suspicious – get them checked by a specialist straight away, and for more information on sun protection tips, signs of melanoma and molemaps followup please go to www.molemap.co.nz .