Take care of your­self

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

High res­o­lu­tion im­age tech­nol­ogy is help­ing in the bat­tle against in­creas­ing rates of skin can­cers among New Zealan­ders via a sim­ple and safe di­ag­nos­tic tool from Molemap. The Molemap pro­ce­dure in­volves firstly hav­ing a se­ries of dig­i­tal images taken of the body to record and ar­chive the po­si­tion and size of all moles. Der­moscopy imag­ing tech­nol­ogy is then utilised to cap­ture the un­der­ly­ing struc­ture of each mole – these images are then sent through to a net­work of skilled der­ma­tol­o­gists for di­ag­no­sis. A de­tailed re­port is then sent out to the pa­tient and their GP. Yearly fol­low-ups al­low pa­tients to have all re­cently recorded moles checked against stored in­for­ma­tion from pre­vi­ous vis­its to look at size, colour and shape changes as well as be­ing ex­am­ined for any new moles or le­sions that may have ap­peared. Molemap Me­lanog­ra­pher Deb­bie O’neill points out the im­por­tance of hav­ing your moles checked es­pe­cially if you have no­ticed changes. ‘‘It might be just a small change, but if you leave it too long – it could be too late. Even leav­ing it six months or a year can be too long.’’ In ad­di­tion to Molemap and clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, there are a num­ber of self-exam tech­niques to de­tect early signs of melanoma. When ex­am­in­ing your moles, take note of the ABCD’S of melanoma

Asym­me­try – The shape of one half does not match the other

Bor­der – Edges are of­ten ragged, notched or blurred. Pig­ment may spread to sur­round­ing skin Colour – This may be un­even. Di­am­e­ter – note changes in size, es­pe­cially in­creases. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion phone 0800MOLEMAP or visit the web­site www.molemap.co.nz

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