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Make sure Mum is melanoma safe!

MoleMan is a full service mole and skin cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment facility in Northcote Point. Their expert 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. Both male and female doctors are available. Chief MoleMan, Dr Grant Coe, has had extensive experience in skin cancer screening and surgery, both in New Zealand and Australia, and will be answering questions as well as sharing advice, tips and information each month in Channel Magazine.
Question: My 58 year old mother has a mole on her leg which has recently started to change. It looks to have gotten bigger and become darker in colour. What would you advise?
Dr Coe: Your mother should get this mole checked by a skin cancer doctor or specialist immediately.  Melanoma is the most dangerous of all skin cancers and the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in New Zealand. For Kiwi women, 40% of melanomas are found on the legs. Early detection is absolutely vital for all skin cancers, in particular melanoma, and swift action is the key to increasing the chance of a positive outcome.
The ABCDE acronym for the warning signs of melanoma is a helpful way to remember what to look for when checking spots:

A is for Asymmetry: If you draw a line through the mole, the two halves do not match.

B is for Border: The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven and the edges may be scalloped or jagged.

C is for Colour: Having a variety of colours is a warning sign. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or another colour.

D is for Diameter:  Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the size of the rubber on a pencil (6mm), but they sometimes can be smaller when first detected.

E is for Evolving: Any changes in size, shape, colour or elevation, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting, points to danger.

Call the team at MoleMan today to enquire about skin cancer and melanoma checks, using digital dermoscopy, on 0800 DR MOLE (376653) or 09 480 6416.
Dr Coe is also an affiliated provider to Southern Cross for skin cancer surgery and selected services.
For further information visit www.moleman.co.nz

by Channel Editorial

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