Comprehensive melanoma skin check service in Masterton
Our Masterton skin clinic combines a proven skin-mapping system with skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers early – when they’re most treatable.
Skin-mapping + Melanographers + Dermatologists = accuracy you can trust.
Only MoleMap's proven system combines head-to-toe skin mapping by trained Melanographers with expert diagnosis of any suspicious moles by specialist Dermatologists.
That’s what makes us unique and what makes our skin cancer detection service so effective.
Watch our video so you know what to expect when you come to our MoleMap Masterton clinic – and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
New Zealand has some of the highest UV rates in the world, and every little bit of UV damage adds up. Even incidental sun exposure can increase your melanoma risk, which is why it’s essential to have your skin and moles professionally checked from head to toe, every year.
A regular mole check can help prevent melanoma.
Your local skin cancer detection and mole check service
Conveniently located at Selina Sutherland Hospital in Blair Street, we service all surrounding areas, including: Lansdowne, Kuripuni, Solway, Carrington, Dalefield, Carterton, Clareville, East Taratahi, Te Whiti, Wainuioru, Ngaumu, Kourarau Hill, Ahiaruhe, Ponatahi, Taumata Island, Papawai, Morrisons Bush, Longbush, Gladstone, Homebush, Blairlogie, Whareama, Mangapakeha, Opaki, Matahiwi, Kaituna, Bideford, Tinui, Whangaehu Valley, Rangitumau, Kopuaranga, Mikimiki, Kiriwhakapapa, Mauriceville, Mount Bruce, Hastwell and Eketahuna.
If you’re outside these suburbs, see our other clinics.
Spotted a suspicious looking mole?
If you’re worried about a mole, and think it may have some of the early signs of melanoma, ask your doctor or dermatologist to check it as soon as possible – or book a Full Body MoleMap or SpotChat virtual consultation straight away.
What is melanoma and what is my risk level?
The main cause of melanoma is overexposure to the sun and 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. It is very important to get a regular skin check or mole check if you are in this category - check your skin cancer risk level here.
Tanning beds can also increase the risk. Even 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.
It is important to 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 a moles has changed in shape, it is important to see a dermatologist for an expert skin check.
Get a MoleMap to help avoid melanoma
If you have any moles that worry you and that match the early warning signs of melanoma, visit MoleMap 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.
Not sure what type of mole check is right for you and your skin? Call us on 0800 665 362 or check out MoleMap’s range of skin cancer detection services here.
References: 1,2. http://www.ehinz.ac.nz/assets/Factsheets/Released-2017/Melanoma-deaths.p
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