Skin Cancer Clinic
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, making skin cancer a health issue you can’t ignore. At Henderson Medical Centre, we have Doctors and Nurses with expertise in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.
Wendy will perform your skin check whilst informing you on early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Wendy’s goal is to educate, screen and empower people to be responsible for their long-term health. Click on Wendy for more info.
My nursing career started over 30 years ago in the UK, working initially in the hospital environment, then into primary care; thus, providing me with a wealth of experience. In 2003 I immigrated to New Zealand. The qualifications and experience I have achieved have been in response to the demand and expectation within the field of nursing I am working under, thus, gaining the Advanced Clinical Certificate and Diploma of Dermoscopy. I now offer full body skin cancer examinations, with photography and referral for surgery where necessary.
My mission is to spread the word on early detection and prevention of skin cancer. My goal is to educate, screen and empower people to be responsible for their long term health
At Henderson Medical Centre, we use digital dermoscopy, a state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging system that makes early diagnosis of skin cancer possible. Up until now, mole checks have involved a routine examination of the skin using the naked eye. This allows only the surface features of the mole to be studied. In contrast, dermoscopy allows increased diagnostic accuracy using polarised and non-polarised light to see below the skin surface. This enables a Practitioner experienced in dermoscopy to identify the internal features of the mole that wouldn’t otherwise be seen with the naked eye.
Studies have shown that dermoscopy can improve the diagnosis of melanoma by 10-27%, in comparison to clinical examination alone. This means fewer unnecessary excisions of benign lesions and a higher pick-up rate of potentially dangerous skin cancers.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
If a mole or area of concern has been identified, you will be advised of the best treatment options available to you. The following specialised services can all be performed on-site at Henderson Medical Centre by either Dr Anthony Hawes or Dr Satya Shanbhag who have additional training in this area:
- Topical treatment with Aldara or Efudix creams
- Liquid nitrogen
- Shave excision
- Punch biopsy
- Full excision
- Flap or graft excision
Dr Anthony Hawes
Dr Anthony Hawes
General and Skin Cancer Practitioner
MBBS (Hons) FRNZCGP
Dr Anthony Hawes trained as a Doctor and then as a GP in Sydney Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GP's and has over 20 years experience as a GP and skin cancer practitioner. He is passionate about identifying and treating skin cancer in New Zealand and uses the latest equipment to assist in the diagnosis and management of these conditions.