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Should I have an
annual skin check?

The purpose of an annual skin check is to put your mind at ease - so that you don't have to worry about your moles and to ensure early diagnosis and removal of any early or pre-cancerous lesions

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NZ skin cancer risk

2 in 3 New Zealanders develop skin cancer in their lifetime, mainly basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.


Skin cancer risk is related to sun exposure (especially childhood sunburn) and genetics (family risk of skin cancer, fair skin or many moles).

What happens during a full skin examination?

Point out any moles or growths that you're concerned about including any that are new, have changed.  your doctor inspects every square inch of your body, from your scalp to your feet, even between your toes and buttocks cheeks. The exam takes about 10 minutes, maybe a little more if he finds any moles or spots that look suspicious.

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