Getting your skin checked ahead of Summer holidays

November 9th, 2020

Early detection of skin cancer improves outcomes

You can have your skin checked at the Upper Hutt Skin Clinic with advanced imaging technology called a dermatoscope. These are hand held instruments which use epiluminscent microscopy to look deep into the skin. This allows our trained doctors to recognise the microscopic signs of skin cancer. It also gives confidence in checking that moles are normal and do not require excision. At your skin assessment appointment, we will give you advice on how to examine your own skin and how frequently you should have a skin check with your doctor.

It is also vital to check your skin regularly for any moles that have changed over time. Skin cancers can be in places you can’t see yourself, so you may need to ask someone to help you check, and remember to check in places that are hard to see or might not normally get exposed to the sun, such as your armpits, behind your ears, your scalp, the bottom of your feet and your fingernails and toenails. It’s a good idea to keep track of how spots and moles look so you know if they have changed since you last checked your skin, and if you have any concerns, talk to your doctor and show them what is worrying you.

Upper Hutt Skin Clinic are specialists in mole checks and mole removal with accredited doctors through The Skin Cancer College’s Accreditation Program. Contact us on 0800 SKIN CLINIC to make your appointment.

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is generally caused by over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This is why it is so important to wear sunscreen with a high UV factor at all times when in the sun. There are also certain skin cancers that can occur in areas that don’t see the sun. Skin cancer can manifest itself in different forms for different people, it is not always a black spot. It is therefore important to see your Doctor for regular skin checks.

Upper Hutt Skin Clinic now offer total body mole mapping.

Thanks to specialised imaging equipment and advanced software, mole mapping and digital dermoscopy are successful ways to identify cancerous and precancerous lesions at an early stage.

You will be assessed by one of our experienced nurses who will use an advanced high-tech mapping software called DermEngine to take high resolution photos of each mole. This will be used to create a customised body diagram and allows us to maintain an accurate record of all lesions and moles on your skin.

Using this, we can easily pick up changes in shape or other abnormalities.

Why you should get your moles mapped at Upper Hutt Skin Clinic

Superior service

Following your mole mapping procedure, you will be assessed by one of our skin specialist doctors during your appointment. Using the information gathered from your mole mapping, they will create a personalised care plan (taking into account your personal and family medical history) and suggest the best possible course of treatments for you. Other services send your pictures away to an external providers to assess your images, with us, everything is done on site at the time of your appointment.

Costs

Our mole mapping packages are affordable and accessible.

Total body photography + full skin assessment   $370

Total body photography + follow up skin assessment       $320

We have availability now – no need to wait months for an appointment

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