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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini


Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It is becoming more common in New Zealanders, especially on the West Coast. Melanoma can happen in adults of any age, but is rare in children. It is related to UV and sun exposure.

Most cases of melanoma are diagnosed by general practitioners (GPs) when looking at new or changing moles, freckles, or spots. These are called lesions.

It is very important to take melanoma seriously, as it can be life-threatening.

If you are worried about your moles, freckles, spots, or your skin in general, make an appointment to see your GP.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed December 2016.

In this section

Melanoma tests & diagnosis

How is melanoma treated?

Further investigation & treatments

Looking after myself after a diagnosis of melanoma

Armpit (axillary) lymph node dissection

Groin lymph node dissection

Neck lymph node dissection

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