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Sue Turner isn’t taking any chances when it comes to monitoring her skin’s health. Regular visits to Molecheck are now a no-brainer for the keen gardener.

“Two years ago my GP suggested it would be a good idea, as I started getting older, to have regular skin checks. She then referred me to Molecheck.

I do this for my future, but more so for my mokopuna,” says Turner.

The Molecheck team use the latest dermoscopy techniques to view structures beneath the skin surface, which enables them to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers at the very earliest possible stage, often before they can be seen with the naked eye.

“I’ve always felt really self-conscious of the moles I’ve got on my body but the skin doctor I see makes me feel really comfortable with that. She is very reassuring and that really helps. I don’t dread going.”

New Zealand has the highest melanoma incidence rate in the world and two in three New Zealanders will develop a skin cancer over their lifetime.


Around 69,000* people are diagnosed with melanoma and other skin cancers in New Zealand every year.

Turner acknowledged she was among those who were vulnerable to developing skin cancer.

“When I was younger and before we were sun-smart, I would be out picking raspberries to earn money during the holidays. I would just be out in the sun all day without any sun protection and I know I got sunburnt many, many times,” says Turner.

“I’m also a keen gardener. Now I am much more sun-smart and getting regular checks is just a sensible thing to do, given the rates of melanoma in this country.”

Turner had since encouraged other members of her family to get their moles checked.

Molecheck general manager, Sue Wood, says early detection matters.

“Just like blood pressure, mammograms or a dental checkup, it’s important to monitor your skin’s health. As we say goodbye to summer, it’s time to tick off your skin check as well.”

She said Molecheck took the anxiety out of getting a skin check.

“All Molecheck patients receive a thorough and comprehensive skin cancer and melanoma check. If anything crops up in the first consultation, the skin cancer doctors have the ability and confidence to diagnose lesions right there and then, and where appropriate, treat them on the spot.”

Get to know your skin by checking it regularly— particularly if you are over 50, have a family history of skin cancer or have had any episodes of bad sunburn as a child. And if a spot has changed, becomes raised, is sore, itchy or scaly, or a new spot appears, it’s a good idea to get it Molechecked.

* The Costs of Skin Cancer to New Zealand. A report to The Cancer Society of New Zealand (October 2009).