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Question: I have a mole on my arm that has changed a bit over the last year or so. It’s grown slightly larger and a bit darker. My doctor has recommended urgent surgery, to rule out melanoma, but it’s still quite small and doesn’t look too worrying to me. I am also a bit concerned about the cost of removal. So I’m wondering whether it’s really a matter of urgency or can I leave it for a while and see?
If your doctor is concerned that the mole could be melanoma, then, yes, the only way to rule out this most deadly form of skin cancer is to have it removed and sent to a lab for expert analysis. Early detection and treatment is your best defence against melanoma and the earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome for the patient. Treatment is less expensive, surgery is less invasive and the survival rate is higher.
Unfortunately, studies have shown, the time between patients noticing a dodgy spot and having it checked and removed is often many months and this can mean the cancer has the opportunity to grow and become much more advanced. So it’s very important to act quickly where skin cancer may be concerned, as it could save your life.
Call the MoleMan team today to enquire about full body skin cancer and melanoma checks with digital dermoscopy (mole mapping) technology on 0800 DR MOLE (376653) or 09 480 6416 or visit www.moleman.co.nz for pricing and frequently asked questions. Male and female doctors available. Dr Coe is also an affiliated provider to Southern Cross for skin cancer surgery and selected services.
MoleMan is a full service mole and skin cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment facility in Northcote Point. Their skin cancer doctors can map and identify skin cancers on the spot, as well as provide any necessary surgery, treatment and follow-up care. The team at MoleMan aims to provide exceptional patient care, at an affordable price, in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment.
Chief MoleMan, Dr Grant Coe, has had extensive experience in skin cancer screening and surgery, both in New Zealand and Australia, and answers questions, shares advice, tips and information each month in Channel Magazine.
Channel Magazine: Issue 78 July 2017