New Zealand is a fantastic country but our outdoor lifestyle, strong sun and skin types have led to one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Skin checks involve a detailed head to toe skin cancer examination with one of our doctors or our nurse dermoscopists. At the end of your skin check they will discuss their findings with you and advise if a follow up or treatment is required.
How to prepare for your skin check
What to expect:
- Please remove all makeup
- Please ensure all nail polish is removed
- We can provide a chaperone if required
- You are welcome to bring a support person
- You will be asked to undress to your underwear
- Gowns and privacy sheets are available. With your permission underwear will be lifted to view the underlying skin. Examination of breast, genitalia, perianal areas will not occur unless you specifically request it or have identified an area of concern.
A Gold Standard Technique
At your skin check, we may use a dermatoscope to examine your skin, this has a high-quality magnifying lens and a powerful lighting system.
This visualises the skin structures and patterns in much greater detail which allows earlier and more accurate diagnosis of skin cancer.
We will advise you during your consult if we feel that your skin type is better suited to follow up with the NAEVUS Mole Mapping team, or to continue with regular skin checks.
A lesion without dermatoscopy
It doesn’t look l like much to the naked eye.
The same lesion with dermatoscopy
With dermatoscopy we see much more.