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Skin Cancer Consultation
Full Body Skin Cancer consultation

New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with over 80,000 kiwis diagnosed every year.  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 our motto is safe hands. We provide personalised health care that is of the highest of standard in a safe and caring environment which is something we are very proud of.

Mark Izzard
CCPDMA Surgeon, Facial Plastics, Reconstruction, Skin Cancer
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This information may be useful to read prior to your full body skin cancer consultation.

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Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our team. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have doctors and nurses available to help.

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Why should I have my skin checked?

The key fact about skin cancer is it always starts with a small, easily curable spot (if caught early enough).  Anyone, of any age, can be affected by skin cancer and with our harsh New Zealand sun, over 80,000 Kiwis are diagnosed every year.

Despite all the newly available apps on your smartphone that claim to detect skin cancer, the best way of detecting skin cancer is still by a trained doctor looking at your skin with a Derm Light (which is a devise that enables a trained eye to detect skin cancer and other types of skin conditions early)

What will happen during my consultation?

At Skin Institute, only qualified doctors or nurse dermoscopists 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.

The doctor will be looking for any of the following changes to spots on your body:
Asymmetry: two halves of the mole are different from one another
Border: the edges of the mole are poorly defined. It is ragged, notched, blurred or an irregular shape
Colour: the colour is uneven with shades of black, brown and tan. Melanomas may also be white, grey, red, pink or blue
Different: from other lesions (ugly duckling) there is a change, particularly an increase, in size.
Evolving: changing

What happens if the doctor finds something?

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:

There are different types of biopsies, but all include a small incision to remove tissue for further investigation.  You can read more about the different types of biopsies here.

Surgical removal
Our expert doctors and surgeons are able to perform a number of different types of surgical removals including highly specialised procedures.  You can read more about the different surgical removal options here.

Photograph and watch
This means our doctors will photograph the spots of concern, and set up regular follow up appointments with you, to monitor any further changes.

How long will my results take?

At Skin Institute you can select which laboratory you would like to have analyse your biopsy, giving you the option to receive your results much quicker. It’s as easy as choosing if you want to go private or public:


  • Skin Institute SkyLab
  • $190 (for up to two biopsies)
  • Results in 3 working days*


  • Auckland District Health Board (DHB)
  • Free**
  • Results in approx 3-4+ weeks


*In the rare event that the pathologist requires more detailed information on your biopsy we will let you know, and if this causes the reporting time of your results being available to over 5 days, we will waive your fee of $190.
**If you are not a NZ Citizen, Permanent Resident, do not have a Resident Visa, or a Work Visa for 24 months or more, you will be charged for having your lesion/s processed by the Auckland DHB laboratory.
Note – the Biopsy of Skin Lesion fee is separate to any charge relating to your choice of laboratory.

How often should I get my skin checked?

We recommend a 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.

If you only have 1-2 spots that are concerning you, you can book a free Spot Check at any Skin Institute clinic.  Find out more about free Spot Checks here.

Skin Cancer types and signs
Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, 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.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where medical necessity criteria apply.

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