Our Wellington 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 Wellington skin clinic combines leading technology and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
What can you do to minimise the risk of skin cancer?
As you get older, the key is to prevent further skin damage and to have regular skin checks with your GP or specialist. If you notice any darker, growing or changing moles – or any skin changes that look suspicious – get them checked straight away.
If you’ve previously been diagnosed with melanoma or other types of skin cancer, you’re at a higher risk of developing another one. And it pays to be aware of your family’s skin cancer history – five to ten per cent of people diagnosed with melanoma have one or more family members who’ve also had melanoma.
Whatever your age, it’s a good idea to follow the SPOT rule of thumb to avoid melanoma and other skin cancers
Slap on a SPF30+ sunscreen every day
Wear broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB), water-resistant sunscreen and lip balm daily that offer SPF 30 or higher sun protection – and apply at least 15 minutes before going out into the sun.
Protect your skin – cover up or stay in the shade
Whenever possible, wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and long pants – as well as sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. And avoid being outdoors when the sun is strongest – between 10am and 4pm from September to April.
Observe – look for changes in your skin regularly
Carry out regular mole-checks for yourself every three months (it’s a good idea to do it at the beginning of every season so you don’t forget!). Being familiar with your skin means you’ll be more likely to notice any suspicious lumps or spots as soon as they develop.
Track changes every year with MoleMap
As you get older, the reassurance of a regular, professional skin check such as a Full Body MoleMap becomes even more important.