Free skin can­cer check at Skin Surgery Clinic

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About 1800 new melanoma cases and about 45,000 new non­melanoma skin can­cer cases are con­firmed by lab­o­ra­tory tests each year in New Zealand, within its pop­u­la­tion of four mil­lion peo­ple.

There are also ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 cases of non-melanoma skin can­cer each year, which are treated by non-sur­gi­cal treat­ment, with­out health pro­fes­sion­als or­der­ing a lab­o­ra­tory test. New skin can­cers in New Zealand to­tal about 67,000 a year com­pared to a to­tal of 16,000 for all other types of can­cers.

Early de­tec­tion is the key to cur­ing skin can- cer and in some cases pre­vent­ing in­va­sive skin can­cer.

At the Skin Surgery Clinic Dr Sharad Paul can de­tect any spots that can be­come can­cer­ous us­ing der­moscopy, so they can be re­moved be­fore they de­velop into melanoma or other skin can­cers.

Dr Paul is a Mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Der­moscopy So­ci­ety and at­tended the Ad­vanced Der­moscopy Course in Naples in 2006.

The Skin Surgery Clinic con­ducts over 3000 free skin can­cer con­sul­ta­tions a year as a com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Dr Sharad Paul is highly skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced in skin can­cer surgery.

In ad­di­tion to the Skin Surgery Clinic, he is a visit­ing con­sul­tant at Waitem­ata Dis­trict Health Board and has an op­er­at­ing list at Waitakere Hospi­tal. He is a Course Con­venor at the Sur­gi­cal Skills Cen­tre run by the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

He is also a Se­nior Lec­turer (hon) in Surgery at the Univer­sity of Auck­land and a visit­ing Se­nior Lec­turer (Skin Can­cer) and In­ter­na­tional Ad­vi­sor at the Univer­sity of Queens­land, Bris­bane.

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