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Mole checks with the naked eye allow only the surface of the mole to be studied.
With digital epiluminescence microscopy (
Mole Scanning or dermoscopy
) we can look at the features of a mole or skin lesion below the surface of the skin.
Features of the lesion which would not be visible to the naked eye can be seen and enable us to make a more accurate diagnosis.
Images are stored on the computer and can be compared with images at a later date, therefore picking up small changes which may indicate a skin cancer.
Unnecessary removal of skin lesions are minimised due to a more accurate diagnosis.
Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer in New Zealand by far.
New Zealanders are a high risk group for skin cancer due to our mainly fair skin population, high sun exposure, our love of the outdoors and the high UV rates we often experience.
Sunburn is not the only risk factor to develop skin cancer, years of tanning, working in an outdoor environment and even the use of sun beds can lead to the development of skin cancer.
Early detection and treatment is vital. Melanoma, the most dangerous of all skin cancers can lead to death but if treated at an early stage, 95% can be cured.