Skin cancer and melanoma
Skin cancers, including melanoma, are extremely common in New Zealand - it is one area where we don't want to be world champions, as we currently are!
Not all skin cancers are alike either and each one requires individual assessment and treatment, be it with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), ointment or surgery.
Excising a skin cancer is not difficult - doing so skilfully, with clear margins and closing the defect with the best possible cosmetic outcome takes training and expertise. Deciding what operation is required or whether a sentinel lymph node biopsy is indicated, also takes sound clinical judgment and a management plan that is tailored to the patient, not the skin cancer.