Unfortunately Australia and New Zealand still lead the world in melanoma incidence.
This is one area we don’t want to outdo the Aussies in!
You can easily lower the risk of more serious symptoms developing by having a regular checkup with your GP to check over your moles and skin.
The main risk factors for developing the most common type of melanoma (superficial spreading melanoma) include:
- Increasing age
- Previous invasive melanoma or melanoma in situ
- Previous nonmelanoma skin cancer
- Many melanocytic naevi (moles)
- Multiple (>5) atypical naevi (funny-looking moles or moles that are histologically dysplastic)
- Strong family history of melanoma with 2 or more first-degree relatives affected
- Fair skin that burns easily
Just about all skin cancer is treatable in the early stages so how about coming in to see the doctor for a quick look?
Here’s a pictorial guide to what skin cancers look like (link).
There is also heaps of helpful information on DermNetNZ
We do skin cancer surgery just about every day and have experienced doctors with a high level of expertise in determining which skin spots might be sinister. You don’t need a Mole Map or see a specialist to have these checks and we offer our enrolled patients minor surgery at very economical fees. This may even be covered by your medical insurance.