52 Pegasus Main Street
PO Box 78041
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. At times, instead of treating 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 Greece gaining more knowledge in the field. He has, also worked in Burwood Hospital Plastic Outpatient Unit on a regular basis.
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"
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