“I thought it was just glandular fever, because I’d had it when I was younger. I was wrong. It was melanoma.”

- Michael Kooge, 33

Skin Cancer can affect anyone, at any age.

WATCH MICHAEL'S SKIN CANCER STORY

Book a Free Spot Check or
Full Body Skin Cancer Consultation

or call us on 0800 SKIN DR (0800 754 637)

Seen a lot of sun this summer?

Has your skin been exposed to excess sun over summer? Or have you noticed a change to your skin? Get peace of mind with a simple free spot check, or opt for a full body skin cancer consultation

  • FREE SPOT CHECK - available to anyone who has 1-2 lesions that they are concerned about. If you've noticed any changes or abnormalities to the colour, shape or size of 1-2 moles or lesions anywhere on your body, you can book a free spot check with one of our specialist doctors.

  • FULL BODY SKIN CANCER CONSULTATION - If you've got lots of moles or lesions and haven't had a thorough skin assessment before (or in the last 2 years), book a full body skin cancer consultation with one our highly trained specialists, who will check your body from top to toe.

  • Right now, after your skin has been exposed to excess sun over summer, is a good time to have your skin checked. New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with almost 70,000 Kiwis affected every year. Early detection can make the difference between life and death, which is why regular skin assessments by a qualified professional could be one of the most important appointments you make.

  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in men aged 25 – 44, and the second most common in women of the same age. So even if you're young, regular skin assessments for early detection are essential. Regardless of your age, skin cancer is something that every New Zealander needs to be wary of. We love the sun and it shows in our skin. But what you may consider to be normal aging (e.g. brown 'age spots') can actually be something far more serious.

Book a Free Spot Check or
Full Body Skin Cancer Consultation

or call us on 0800 SKIN DR

Skin Institute - the experts in Skin Cancer management

  • Your initial consultation

    If you haven’t had your skin checked before, or it’s been a while since you have, a full body skin cancer consultation is the place to start. At Skin Institute, only qualified doctors will carry out your consultation. You’ll be asked to change down to your underwear – this will allow the doctor to complete a thorough examination of your whole body. The consultation is completed with you lying down on a bed, covered by a blanket. The doctor will check your skin area by area, including feet and legs, stomach and arms, back of legs, soles of feet, back, neck, face and scalp. The Derm Light (or Dermatoscope) is used to pick up patterns of change in your skin that are associated with the early signs of skin cancer, such as pigment or blood vessels.

  • Diagnosis

    Our multi-disciplinary clinics are experienced in skin cancer management, from assessment to diagnosis, through to treatment and post-treatment care. If something is found during your consultation, the doctor will discuss the options available to you. These could include a biopsy (a small incision to remove tissue for further investigation), surgical removal performed by our expert doctors and surgeons or photograph and watch, which means our doctors will photograph the spots of concern, and set up regular follow up appointments with you, to monitor any further changes.

  • Regular skin assessments

    We recommend a full body skin cancer consultation every 12 months, unless you have a personal or family history of skin cancer. Your doctor will recommend the regularity of your checks in this instance.

  • 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.

17 Oct 2016
Skin Institute
Did you know that almost 70,000 Kiwis are diagnosed with skin cancer every year?  It’s now New Zealand’s most common cancer, and we can all help…
Read more
15 Nov 2015
Skin Institute
With one of the highest incidences in the world, Kiwis have a one in 15 chance of developing melanoma in their lifetime, which is the most…
Read more
1 Mar 2017
Skin Institute
Skin cancer, including melanoma, is New Zealand’s most common cancer with almost 70,000 New Zealanders diagnosed every year. It’s estimated that skin cancers account for 80%…
Read more