Skin Cancer and Melanoma Clinic
Melanoma skin cancer is the forth 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.
New Zealand has a very high incidence of melanoma in the world with 2424 new cases in 2015, Gisborne has one of the highest rate in New Zealand. Melanoma can occur at any age. The most common cancer in males aged 25-40 and females aged 15-24 with a reported mortality in 2014 of a total of 378 patients (NZ Cancer Register Data).
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.
When skin cancer is detected early the patient is often treated with surgery. Surgery is the most important tool to obtain the correct diagnosis and prognosis, also enables us to assist in planning further management if required. Early cancer detection carries the best prognosis and outcome. The type of surgery depends on the size and the location of the skin cancer.
Dermoscopy is a technique that helps to identify the type of skin lesions and helps to plan the treatment. When you get your skin examined, it is advised that you let us know any moles, skin lesions or spots that you are concerned about. Our specialist and trained staff will examine every mole, skin lesion and spot with the dermoscope. It is important to keep an eye on skin lesions to make sure they are not changing in colour, shape or size. We recommend that you have a check up every 12 months or 6 months if there is a personal history of skin cancer, or certain skin types and family history of skin cancer. Our specialist or trained staff will teach you to notice changes in your skin.
What to look 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.
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
Digital Molescan is Full-Body Imaging (FBI) and is one of the most advanced skin cancer screening device added to our clinic to assess new and changing skin lesions. FBI captures full-body images and avoids unnecessary biospies providing an effective solution for lesion detection. Our dermoscopic clinic imaging provides the patient with confidence to know their skin is being examined with the current state of the art technology. Our Specialist Mr Cirolli, a general surgeon, is well-known in performing surgical excision with minimal scarring. Patient education is an important part of the service to the patient. Patients are encouraged to bring their partners and become more familiar with skin lesions.
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”
"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