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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

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?

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 the West Coast PHO's website.


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 meet the criteria, you will be seen as an outpatient at Christchurch Hospital.

If you prefer, you can pay to see a private dermatologist. You can find a private dermatologist in Nelson, Christchurch, or Dunedin.

Grey Base Hospital plastic surgery and minor surgery

More difficult or invasive melanomas, or non-cancerous lesions that can't be removed by a GP are removed (excised) by the Grey Base Hospital Plastic Surgery Service or Minor Surgery Clinic.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created December 2016.

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