Our friendly Christchurch team has been detecting and diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers for over two decades.
Mole checks and skin cancer checks are all we do, and we do them thoroughly.
The MoleMap Christchurch skin clinic combines a proven skin-mapping system and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
Watch our video so you know what to expect when you come to MoleMap – and feel free to call us if you have any questions.
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Recommended for Year 2 and beyond. We compare any changes in your skin against the baseline created during your Full Body MoleMap.
A regular mole check can detect melanoma
The main cause of melanoma is overexposure to the sun. Sunburn is especially damaging to the skin. If someone in your family has or has had any type of skin cancer, you could have a higher risk of getting melanoma. Light-skinned people are a risk group, and if you have had many sunburns in the past you are at a higher risk of melanoma.
Tanning beds can also increase the risk. A weakened immune system can put you in a risk group. If you have moles that look abnormal, you can have a higher risk of developing this common type of skin cancer.
If you have a lot of moles, you should do your own mole check regularly for warning signs. Because this type of skin cancer can develop inside a mole you already have, it can develop very fast. You should also look out for any new moles.
Look for moles that are asymmetrical (different parts of the mole look different), that have irregular borders, that have uneven color (normal moles are usually brown but melanomas may have a tint of white, pink, red, black or bluish shades), that are abnormally large or moles that keep growing.
If you have bleeding or itching moles or if your moles change their shapes, it is important to see a doctor or dermatologist.
If you have any moles that worry you and that match the warning signs of melanoma, visit your doctor for a professional mole check. Your doctor can also refer you to a dermatologist for further tests.
Removing moles is an easy procedure, however avoiding overexposure to the sun and especially avoiding sunburn are the best ways to prevent melanoma.