Our Hamilton team of leading Dermatologists and Melanographers have 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 Hamilton skin clinic combines leading technology and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
Skin cancer risk increases as you age
Any of us who are middle-aged or older probably have fond memories of idyllic summers spent out in the sun all day, with barely a thought for sunscreen or covering up. Unfortunately, back in those pre ‘sun smart’ days, the damage to your skin may already have been done – and you might be seeing the consequences now as you age.
Recent New Zealand data shows that older people have a higher incidence of skin cancers such as melanoma than those in younger age brackets. In 2014, the melanoma mortality rate had increased substantially in the age groups 75–84 years and 85+ years – while the number of deaths from melanoma remained relatively stable in the other age groups.1
In other words, if you’re over 75, you’re seven times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer than someone in the 25-44 year age group.2
Not only that, most non-melanoma skin cancer (such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) typically appears after age 50. This is why mole checks and skin cancer checks are even more important as we grow older.
References: 1,2. http://www.ehinz.ac.nz/assets/Factsheets/Released-2017/Melanoma-deaths.pdf.