Why do I need to get a mole check?

Studies show that at least one in two Kiwis will get a skin cancer in their lifetime and early detection is our best defence against skin cancers and melanoma. All New Zealanders over the age of 18 should get a mole check, ideally by a doctor utilising digital dermoscopy, every year.

I’ve got a family history of skin cancer, should I be getting my skin checked?

Yes. A family history of is one of the high-risk factors for skin cancer and melanoma. MoleMan recommends annual screening for all Kiwis, particularly those in the high-risk category. Call it a warrant of fitness for your skin.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer and melanoma?

  • Fair skin and red or fair hair
  • One or more severe sunburns, especially in childhood and adolescence
  • Use of sunbeds, particularly by young people
  • Previous skin cancers, including melanoma
  • A family history of skin cancer or melanoma in a first degree relative: parent, brother, sister or child
  • Large, irregularly shaped and unevenly coloured moles called atypical or dysplastic naevi
  • A large number of moles

What is manual and digital dermoscopy?

Manual dermoscopy involves looking at the skin using a small handheld, magnifying lens (called a dermatoscope), which uses light to show moles and lesions on the skin in detail. Digital dermoscopy uses advanced purpose-built camera technology to take highly detailed, magnified photos of lesions on the skin. At MoleMan, your doctor will utilise both manual and digital dermoscopy technology during your consultation, and can also enlarge images of any concerning moles or lesions onto a large screen to ensure the most comprehensive skin check.

Where is MoleMan based?

MoleMan operates clinics in Northcote Point on Auckland’s North Shore (Monday – Friday) and Drury, South Auckland (Wednesdays only)

What’s the difference between MoleMan and other mole screening/mapping providers?

At MoleMan, we are a one-stop-shop providing all services from screening and diagnosis, to any necessary surgery or treatment, and all follow up care at the one site. Full body mole checks take just 30 minutes and you’ll be seen by an experienced skin cancer doctor, who will be able to answer any questions you may have and diagnose any concerns on-the-spot. We aim to provide affordable and accessible patient care in a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment.

What happens during an appointment?

During your appointment, your MoleMan skin cancer doctor will check your skin using a handheld dermatoscope (called manual dermoscopy) and will take detailed images of any moles or lesions of concern using a purpose built mole mapping camera (digital dermoscopy). Your doctor can then enlarge these images onto a large screen, allowing very early signs of skin cancer and melanoma to be diagnosed on-the-spot and any recommended treatment to be advised. All images are securely stored for future monitoring and comparison. 

Do you have male and female doctors?

Yes, we do. Dr Grant Coe and Dr Daria Kelly. Dr Kelly, our female doctor, is available for appointments on Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.00pm at our Northcote Point clinic.

How long do appointments take?

Full body mole and skin cancer screening is normally completed within 30 minutes with a MoleMan doctor. Any concerning moles or lesions can be identified on the spot and recommended treatment advised.

What do I wear to my appointment?

If they would prefer, patients are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing, which the doctor can easily work around. You do not need to fully undress for your mole check appointment, wearing something similar to what you might wear to the beach or gym is often ideal.

I’ve got lots of moles, is there a limit to the number of moles you check during a full body mole screening appointment?

No. 

What is a skin cancer doctor?

MoleMan’s skin cancer doctors are General Practitioners (GPs) who are trained and focused on the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

Is there any pain involved during a mole check?

No. Screening is undertaken using a light-based handheld lens (called a dermatoscope) and a purpose-built mole mapping camera.

How often should I get my skin checked?

All New Zealanders should get their skin checked annually, particularly those at high risk of skin cancer and melanoma (risk factors listed above).

What if the doctor recommends my mole needs to be removed?

If the doctor is concerned about a mole or lesion, they will inform you during your appointment and then advise recommended next steps, which may include a biopsy, removal of the lesion or another form of treatment ie. freezing. Your doctor can advise next steps and a quote for the treatment, if necessary, on the day.

When do I get the results of a biopsy or skin cancer surgery?

Normally lab results take about seven days and your doctor will call you once he or she has received them.

How do I book an appointment?

By calling 09 480 6416 / 0800 DR MOLE (376 653) or via our online booking form. For MoleMan - Drury clinic appointments please call 09 294 3005 directly.

How much does a mole screening appointment cost?

Full body mole screening consultations cost $150 inc. GST

Can I bring my records from other healthcare providers with me?

Yes.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No. MoleMan is a direct access clinic, meaning that you do not need a referral from a GP or healthcare provider.

Will my health insurance cover screening and/or surgery?

MoleMan's Dr Grant Coe is an affiliated provider to Southern Cross for skin cancer surgery and selected services, at our Northcote Point and Drury clinics, however it is always best to check with your insurer first as policies between insurance providers can differ.

Once I’ve been for an initial consultation, what does it cost for my next mole screening consultation?

Initial full body mole screening consultations cost $150 inc GST and then follow up full body mole screening consultations (annual checks are recommended) are $120 inc. GST.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. All appointments cancelled or postponed less than 24 hours prior to the confirmed appointment time will incur a 50% late cancellation fee.