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.

Wendy Duckett

Nurse
Wendy Duckett

Nurse

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.

Dr Satya Shanbhag

Dr Satya Shanbhag

BSc, MBBS, MRCS, PhD

Honorary Lecture in Surgery, FMHS, University of Auckland

Dr Satya studied medicine in India and then migrated to England to pursue Surgery. He trained with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and worked in General and Vascular Surgery. He moved to New Zealand in 2007 to have a better family life here rather in the UK. He variously trained in General Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and later gravitated towards Cardiothoracic Surgery after his PhD in 2013. During his PhD, he secured more than 2 million dollars towards his research grant and his research was highlighted in TED talks. He gained honorary lectureship for teaching final year medical students and also as one of the examiners. During his Cardiothoracic training he won many prestigious awards from College of Cardiac Surgeons at Tongariro meetings in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was also invited as a guest speaker to talk on cardiac surgery at Royal College of Surgeons meeting in Adelaide in 2017.During his career Dr Satya has performed many bowel resections, laparoscopic gall bladder and appendicectomies, major leg amputations, vascular grafts, heart and lung operations and also plastic surgeries (Dr Satya is a DHB approved GP Surgeon for performing skin lesions at present). Currently Dr Satya is performing and offering varicose vein surgeries, tissue augmented hernia repairs (no mesh Shouldice and Bassini’s repair), operation on lumps and bumps including the breast, haemorrhoid (piles) banding (including sigmoidoscopy), circumcisions, vasectomies (no scalpel and minimally invasive), frenulemectomies and multitude of plastic surgical procedures (simple and complex flaps, skin grafts, simple body sculpting surgery). Dr Satya is probably the only GP Surgeon who offers no mesh hernia repair in New Zealand at present. Satya’s other interest is in clinical echocardiography, for which he is allied with University of Vienna. He performs bedside echo as well as comprehensive echocardiograms. Apart from surgery, Satya is a very keen biker and exercise freak. His hobbies are into medical illustration and he writes and draws for prestigious medical journals. Dr Satya comes to HMC only on Tuesdays at this stage, please phone reception if you wish to book an appointment with him.

Treatment Costs

Skin Check with digital dermoscopy of suspicious moles (15 minutes):
$40.00 (enrolled patients)
$50.00 (casual patients)
Excisions:
$350.00 (First lesion) – 30 minutes
$200.00 (subsequent lesions – if excised at the same visit)
Laboratory diagnosis and follow up care is included.
Please note: an additional theatre material charge will apply – $75.00 per 30 minutes (or part thereof).