Mr. Rick Cirolli MD. Specialist in General & Emergency Surgery, Affiliated FACP (Fellow of Australasian College of Phlebology)  Sara Briant Registered Nurse

Mr. Rick Cirolli MD. Specialist in General & Emergency Surgery, Affiliated FACP (Fellow of Australasian College of Phlebology)

Sara Briant Registered Nurse

Skin Cancer Treatments

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 to detect skin cancers

Digital Molescan is Full-Body Imaging(FBI) and is one of the most advanced skin cancer screening devices to assess new and to detect changing skin lesions.

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 consultation. Take time to SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Most of us have spots on the skin, some are normal, some are precancerous or cancerous. 

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.

Mr Rick Cirolli, Specialist General Surgeon who has been treating skin cancers for over 30 years offers skin surgery and skin cancer screening. Mr Cirolli is well-known in performing surgical excision with minimal scarring. He works alongside Sara Briant who has completed skin cancer training and courses.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma skin example
  • 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

Squamous Cell Carcinoma skin example
  • 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


Melanoma skin example
  • 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