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Looking after myself after a non-melanoma skin cancer

If you have had any type of skin cancer you a likely to be at higher risk of further skin cancer. But you can take action to help prevent another skin cancer, and to catch it early if you did have one.

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What can I do?

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What can I do?

You may also want to consider paying to see a private dermatologist. You can search for a private dermatologist on Healthpages or Healthpoint.

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.


The Christchurch Hospital Dermatology Department sees patients with skin conditions or diseases, such as melanoma, rashes, eczema, and acne, on referral from a health professional. If your GP refers you to the Dermatology Department and you meed the criteria, you will be seen as an outpatient.

If you prefer, you can pay to see a private dermatologist. Find a private dermatologist on:

Christchurch Hospital Plastic Surgery department

The Christchurch Hospital Plastic Surgery Outpatients department removes (excises) the more difficult or invasive melanomas or non-cancerous lesions that can't be removed by a GP. The department is on the 3rd floor, Parkside, at Christchurch Hospital.

Burwood Hospital Minor Surgery

Skin lesion excision clinics are held at Minor Surgery at Burwood Hospital. To get to Minor Surgery, go to the main reception at Burwood Hospital and ask for directions.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2016.

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