For peace of mind, have a skin can­cer check

Central Leader - - Sport -

About 1800 new melanoma cases and about 45,000 new non-melanoma skin can­cer cases are con­firmed by lab­o­ra­tory tests each year in New Zealand - this within a 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 can­cer 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 Sharad Paul is a se­nior lec­turer and teaches skin can­cer surgery at the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land, Aus­tralia and at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land. 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 4000 free skin can­cer con­sul­ta­tions a year as a com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Dr Paul can re­move can­cer­ous and pre-can­cer­ous skin spots, moles, cysts and lumps in the fully equipped op­er­at­ing room at the Skin Surgery Clinic, without the need for a hospi­tal visit. This en­ables pa­tients to by­pass lengthy wait­ing lists and have skin surgery done at an af­ford­able cost.

Some­times pa­tients like to have non-can­cer­ous moles or lumps re­moved for cos­metic pur­poses and that can be ar­ranged as well.

Dr Paul is well versed in the re­moval of com­plex skin can­cers on tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult ar­eas of the body and has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with re­con­struc­tive tech­niques and had an op­er­at­ing list at North Shore/Waitakere Hospi­tal from 1999-2009

The Skin Surgery Clinic is lo­cated at 271a Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay. Ap- point­ments are avail­able Mon­days and Tues­days from 9am to 5pm, with a late night on Wed­nes­days to 7.30pm.

To ar­range an ap­point­ment for a free skin can­cer check or for more in­for­ma­tion, phone 8286438 or email ad­min@ skin­surgeryclinic.co.nz.

Pa­tients can ei­ther make ap­point­ments di­rectly or be re­ferred by their GPs. The Skin Surgery Clinic is an af­fil­i­ated provider to South­ern Cross Health­care, and is cov­ered by all ma­jor med­i­cal in­sur­ers.

Bet­ter safe: Dr Paul per­form­ing a free skin can­cer check at the Skin Surgery Clinic.

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