Melanoma Mole Checks
Melanoma moles are the most serious type of skin cancer moles. If picked up early, Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatment is very successful.
Early diagnosis is vital to prevent the spread and early treatment of Melanoma skin cancer. If you have a changing mole, or a bleeding mole with or without a hole in the mole, or a skin bump which is changing in colour or shape, or have fair skin problems including being sun burnt easily and sun induced cancer personally or in the family you should have your moles checked.
The only treatment of a suspected melanoma is surgical excision ( cutting the mole out under local anaesthesia).
Risk Factors for Melanoma and Non Melanoma Skin Cancers
- Age, especially over 50 years
- Gender, Male more than Female
- Previous Melanoma (about 25% increased risk in NZ)
- Previous Skin Cancers ( Basal Cell Cancers, Squamous Cell Cancers)
- Many Moles
- Large Moles
- Familial Melanoma (2+ young, close relatives)
- Sunburns (Melanoma, BCC)
- Chronic exposure to UV (Aks, SCCs)
Southern Cross Affiliated Provider
Dr Siva Nachiappan is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider and offers the following selected services to Southern Cross Patients:
- Comprehensive skin examinations (including dermoscopy)
- Curettage or diathermy
- Incisional biopsy
- Punch biopsy
- Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment
If you wish to see Dr Siva, contact Nurse Sandra via the reception on 09 585 0188.
Please note that Dr Siva is happy to see you even if you are not a regular patient at Eastmed Doctors, but have Southern Cross Health Insurance. He will apply for pre-approval on your behalf and you do not need to contact Southern Cross. It may help if you bring your Southern Cross Member Number when you visit Dr Siva.
Naked Eye View
This is what a mole looks like on magnified illuminated view. With no light or magnification this mole would look unremarkable
Dermoscope - Outer Part
This is outer part of the mole on dermoscope. You can see a lot more clarity and the network can be studied with more details and the colours are more evident. Each colour indicates to the dermoscopist where the malanin pigments are in the mole which determines whether this is a melanoma or not.
Dermoscope - Middle Part
Look at the middle part to the blue colour which is a important indication that this is a melanoma which is not appreciable on the naked eye view.
Dermoscope - Inner Part
The inside of the mole looks like a cobble stone which is a compound nevus or globular nevus which is the benign component of the mole.
Book an appointment for Dr Siva or Dr Winter, by phone 09 585 0188 or by e-mail.
Early diagnosis of melanomas is possible using a hand held microscope called a Dermoscope. (scroll down to see examples of dermoscopic images). Dr Siva Nachiappan and Dr Helene Winter has had extensive training in the use of a Dermoscope and by the pattern of the mole under a dermoscope they can tell whether the mole is melanoma or not. This is the same instrument used by molemap, molecheck and the dermatologists.
Book an appointment, by phone 09 585 0188 or by e-mail.