For peace of mind, have a skin cancer check
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.