Our friendly MoleMap Rotorua 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 Rotorua 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 few facts about melanoma
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer caused by changes in cells known as melanocytes. These cells produce pigment known as melanin, which provides the hair and the skin with its color. Melanin can appear on normal areas of skin or may start as a mole that has altered in appearance. Some moles that are present on a body at birth may later form melanomas.
The rate of melanoma is increasing and the risk of developing the condition increases with age. Individuals are more likely to develop melanoma if they have pale skin, blue or green colored eyes, or red or blond colored hair.
Individuals are also at risk if they:
Other risk factors include not having a regular mole check, a family history of melanoma, coming into contact with chemicals known to cause cancer, possessing certain types of moles, and having a weakened immune system.
Possible symptoms of melanoma include:
Asymmetry, when one half of an abnormal area differs from the other half
Borders, when the edges of the growth look irregular
Color, when the area changes in color
Diameter, when the area is larger than 6mm in its diameter
Evolution, when the mole constantly changes in appearance
Conducting your own mole check on a regular basis and being part of an annual mole check screening program is your best defense against melanoma.