Skin Cancer & Melanoma Clinic
Melanoma skin cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting New Zealanders. The total number of new melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer NMSC (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) cases amounts to around 80 percent of all new cancers each year. If you are concerned about skin cancer or a particular mole, get it checked. Why? Because 3 out of every 5 melanoma skin cancers diagnosed are first noticed by the person it affects most, YOU. Finding skin cancer early, is the key to successful treatment.
Digital Molescan by General Surgeon
Digital Molescan is Full-Body Imaging(FBI) and is one of the most advanced skin cancer screening devices to assess new and changing skin lesions. FBI captures full-body images and avoids unnecessary biospies. The patient can go away from the consultation with confidence to know their skin is being examined first-hand by our specialist Mr Cirolli, with the current state of the art technology. Mr Cirolli, a general surgeon, is well-known in performing surgical excision with minimal scarring.
Patient education is an important part of the service from NZGS provided to the patient. Patients are encouraged to bring their partners and become more familiar with the different types of skin lesions.
Get to know your skin by self-examination so that you can notice any changes. It is easier to treat skin cancer if it is detected early. NZGS is committed to educating you during your skin consultaion.Take time to SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Most of us have spots on the skin, some are normal, some are precancerous or cancerous.
Mr Cirolli says “it’s very satisfying when I diagnose a skin cancer at an early stage but even more satisfying when a patient comes to us having been educated by us prior”
What can you look out for ?
Any new or changing mole, freckle or spot
Any skin lesion with a breach in the skin that does not heal after a few weeks
Any mole, freckle or spot that looks different from the others around it
A mole, freckle or spot that itches, changed in size, thickness, shape, colour or has started to bleed.
Speak to us today if you have any of these changes.
Other risk factors.
When you have had overexposure to the sun especially in childhood
You have a tendency to burn or don’t tan easily
You have many moles, perhaps over 50
You or a family member has had skin cancer
You’ve had photosensitive or immune-suppressive therapies.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Is the most common type of skin cancer. Red, pale or pearly coloured raised edges, can become scaly
As it grows it may become ulcerated — like an unhealing sore — or one that heals then breaks down again
Grows slowly and most commonly appears on the head neck and upper body
May change in size over a few months.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Is a thickened, red, scaly spot. Later, it may bleed easily or become an open sore
Appears on skin which has most often been exposed to the sun
May spread to other parts of the body if not treated
Grows over some months
Is the most serious skin cancer that may be life threatening if not treated
Can be found anywhere on the body
Usually appears as a new or changing mole or freckle
Changes may happen over weeks or months rather than days
May have an unusual shape or colour
May itch, bleed or ooze
May be flat or raised and can catch on clothing
"I have been treated by Rick over the past two years after having a melanoma detected and successfully removed. I have a high risk of developing further skin cancers but having regular assessments by Rick that gives me peace of mind that I'm doing all I can to avoid the serious problems that can arise if things are left undetected."
-Paul Mullooly - Gisborne Financial Services
Early detection is your best defense