Our friendly MoleMap New Plymouth team 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 New Plymouth skin clinic combines leading technology and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
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Why a regular mole check is so important in Taranaki
It has been reported in a study by the Melanoma Foundation that Taranaki has the highest melanoma rate in the world with 70.3 per 100,000 people diagnosed. The next-worst, the Waitemata District Health Board region has a rate of 50.2 while the overall New Zealand rate is 51.8.
“The number in Taranaki stands out like a beacon said Auckland melanoma specialist surgeon and Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand trustee Richard Martin, who conducted the research with two other Auckland experts. "Taranaki is a rural community, with a lot of elderly men who have been farmers,” he said. “Men over 60 have the highest rate of melanoma.”
Melanoma occurred on the faces, scalps and necks of older men and were associated with chronic patterns of sun exposure. The rate was 49.8 for the Bay of Plenty and 42.8 for Nelson-Marlborough. Southland had the lowest, at 20.1.
The study said New Zealand’s high rate of melanoma could be caused by a combination of fair-skinned people living at latitudes equivalent in the northern hemisphere to Spain and North Africa, the ozone hole over the country and a lack of pollution to absorb ultra violet radiation.
Public awareness campaigns, changes to sun-seeking behaviour and earlier detection were essential to improved prognosis. It is also crucial for people to conduct their own regular mole check as well as joining a regular mole check screening program.