Skin Cancer

Melanoma

Melanoma is the least common but the most dangerous of the skin cancers. It remains a serious problem in New Zealand, and results in more than 250 deaths a year.

The most important feature to look for is a change in what looks like a mole. This may be a change in size, shape, or colour. The change may be in a pre-existing mole, or it may look like a new mole.

If melanoma is caught early then the prognosis is very good. Self-monitoring and regular Skin Cancer Clinic check-ups are your best opportunity for early detection. More...

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) usually arises as a tender, pink-red nodule or lump on the skin with a variable amount of scaliness on the surface. It typically enlarges over a period of months. Large lesions have a greater potential to spread elsewhere around the body and may be fatal. More...

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer and the least dangerous. It is locally invasive, slowly eating away at the surrounding tissue. It may eventually become an ulcerated, bleeding sore. More...