52 Pegasus Main Street

Pegasus Town

PO Box  78041

 Pegasus, 7648

Phone 03 920 4060

Fax   03 920 4061

Mole Checks, Skin Cancer Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment:

 

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for selected services

Non-registered and referred patients from other practices are welcome.

 

New Zealand and Australia have one of the highest rates of Melanoma in the world, as well as a high rate of skin damage from sun exposure resulting in other types of skin cancer.  Farmers, people working outdoors and fair skinned people are the most vulnerable. Early detection of skin cancer provides the best outcomes.

 

Checking moles needs specialised equipment (dermoscopy) along with training and skills to recognise  specific “clues” ( features) in the mole.  Another set of specialised equipment is used to take dermoscopic  photos . Dermoscopes allow doctors to view skin lesions in more detail and hence make better decisions regarding whether they should be removed.

 

At Pegasus Medical Centre, full mole checks are offered at an affordable price. Skin examinations take 30 minutes during which moles are checked using a “Dermoscope”  (Skin Microscope) and specialised photos are taken if needed and kept in the notes for future reference. For the majority of moles , we are able  to differentiate between benign and sinister ones.

Suspicious lesions will be identified and either fully removed or a small biopsy is taken .All samples are sent to the laboratory to complete the diagnosis.  In some cases, the lesion is photographed and a follow up is recommended after six weeks.

 

For a full mole check , please book a double appointment.

 

A single or few moles can be reviewed during a normal doctor’s consult.

 

Our nurses are very experienced, so at times when they treat you with liquid Nitrogen; they may refuse and direct you to your doctor.

 

John, with an ongoing passion for surgery, has developed, a special interest in skin cancer diagnosis and  management  including different surgical techniques for excision of lesions and closure. John has participated in workshops, courses and conferences in Australia and New Zealand about dermoscopy, early diagnosis and prevention of skin cancer , management options and  different surgical techniques. Recently he attended the international dermoscopy congress in Vienna  adding more knowledge in that field.  Also, John has been working in Burwood Hospital Plastic Outpatient Unit, on a regular basis.

 

Janet has attended a dermoscopy course in Sydney in May 2013.

 

 

For more information on "Excision of Skin Lesions "  Click Here

 

Tips and CLUES to check your skin " Click Here " - Checking for Skin Cancer " Click Here"

 

Skin Cancer Types  " Click Here"

 

Melanoma Fact Sheet (from the Melanoma  New Zealand) "Click Here"

 

Sun Smart  advice and tips about sun protection   "Click Here"

 

A step by step guide for self examination   "Click Here"

 

 

 

52 Pegasus Main Street

Pegasus Town

PO Box  78041

 Pegasus, 7648

Phone 03 920 4060

Fax   03 920 4061

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