Skin Cancer can affect anyone, at any age.

“It is fair to say my relationship with the sun has changed dramatically since I was diagnosed”  – Adine Wilson

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Have you checked your skin lately?
70,000 New Zealanders’ are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year. Early detection is essential so it’s imperative to perform regular skin checks in order to recognise changes to your skin.
  • A small spot can be the sign of a much larger problem. Knowing what to look for could save you a lot of pain, or even your life. Find out how to spot a suspicious mole using the ABCDE method.
In my skin - Adine Wilson's story
Many New Zealander’s don’t know that Adine was diagnosed with melanoma when she was only 25 years old. She had just gotten married however her blissful summer came to a complete halt when her husband, Jeff Wilson, noticed a mole on her arm which was removed and confirmed as a malignant melanoma. Adine had been a sun worshipper up to that point. Her relationship with the sun has changed dramatically since that day, sunscreen shade, sunglasses and good old common sense in the sun has replaced sunbathing and sunbeds. Adine has an active family, all with fair skin, blue eyes and fair hair. They love being outside and do no hide from the sun but respect it and are responsible when in it.

Your guide to skin cancer
  • What are the signs of skin cancer?

    There are two types of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma. Find out how to recognise the signs of each.

  • How do I identify something of concern?

    Quickly identify if one of your lesions or moles is a risk using the ABCDE method. Find out more in our video.

  • What should I do if I see something of concern?

    You should seek medical attention if you see something of concern. Skin Institute offer free spot checks for 1-2 lesions of concern.

  • Why do Kiwi’s have a high level of skin cancer?

    High levels of ultraviolet UVB break down proteins and DNA bonds in the skin, this can ultimately lead to skin cancer.

  • How can I improve sun-damaged skin?

    New Zealander’s love being outside but be smart – wear sunblock, a sunhat and don’t go outside between 11am-1pm to avoid ultraviolet rays.

  • How does skin health relate to skin appearance?

    The underlying causes of changes in your skin that lead to aging are the same changes that lead to skin cancer.

We talk to Kiwi’s about their skin health
  • Is skin health or skin appearance more important to you?

    With the value that society places on appearance and beauty many women are worried about the appearance of their skin.

  • What concerns you most?

    Our skin census survey 2017 showed that 58% rated wrinkles as their top concern, with only 25% worried about skin cancer.

  • Do you use sunscreen everyday?

    47% of skin census respondents wear sunscreen everyday with a further 47% wearing it on sunny or summer days.

Skin cancer – Prevention is better than cure
  • Choosing and Using the right sunscreen
    Sun damage not only makes us look older but can lead to deadly skin cancers like melanoma. To prevent sun damage and minimise the risk of skin cancer it is essential to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and preferably with zinc also.Find out more about choosing and using the right sunscreen in our blog.
  • The best way to restore sun-damaged skin
    Exposing skin to the sun can cause dramatic changes in tone, texture and appearance over time.  Skin reacts to the sun’s UVA by producing more melanin, which can cause freckles and age spots.  It can also lose elasticity and moisture, which results in sagging and wrinkling. Find out more about restoring sun-damaged skin in our blog.
  • Skin Census 2017 - The Results

    Each year Skin Institute survey the New Zealand public on their attitudes and behaviours towards skin health and appearance. We had an unprecedented response rate this year and it is encouraging to see more respondents connecting sun exposure with skin damage and cancer. Read the detailed results in our dedicated blog.

  • Why us?
    We understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.
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