Moley moley moley


I know you don’t want to do it and it will take time but it is important to get your moles checked. Miss Whaleoil has been trying to get her Dad to get his one looked at without success so far. We are all enjoying the summer sun right now and I don’t want any of us to pay for it later as melanoma can actually kill you. It is not always just a simple case of cutting off the cancerous part. Maybe these photos will help those of us who have been putting off getting that suspicious spot checked to act.

Nodular Melanoma

Nodular Melanoma



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  • conwaycaptain

    My family doctor when I lived on the N Shore is an expert in these and has a skin clinic on Sunnybrae Road. He speaks at conferences overseas as well.
    If you contact me I will give you his name.

    • Damon Mudgway

      Free check if we mention your name Cap?

      • conwaycaptain

        Dont think so!

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Good information and a must do for prevention

  • Korau

    When I was a child in the 50’s it was considered healthy to get as much sun as possible, without getting burned. So now once a year my doctor runs his fancy polarised light thingy over my corpulent frame to check for these things.

    To date I’ve had three low grade (non melanoma) cancers removed, with a 4th waiting for the surgeon.

    So I would support Miss WO and suggest you get checked on a regular basis. If your doctor is not doing this on a regular basis then perhaps it’s time to change docs!

  • Sally

    As someone who is under the knife too frequently go and get a checkup.
    Never a beach bunny but spent all my time playing outside in the 50’s and 60’s and now paying the price.
    Life now is a careful balance between getting enough sun but not over doing it.

  • Monty Bank

    In the sixties we used to cover ourselves with coconut oil or baby oil then go lie on a beach for the day to enhance the “tanning effect” of that hot Auckland sun.
    Anyone remember the Coppertone ads?

    Just the thing for the melanin deficient Celtic blood, eh?

  • Aucky

    Do as you’re told Cam. Mrs Aucky had a mole develop on her shoulder, it was no bigger than a pinhead. They had to cut right down to the bone to remove it. Just do it.

  • Monty Bank

    Found the ad.

  • Primrose

    Don’t think it has to be a mole to be melanoma. I was being treated for eczema but when it wouldn’t heal a sample was sent for biopsy and it was diagnosed as melanoma. It was on my upper arm and the operation took it right down to the muscle. Not a pretty sight.
    I get upset when I see particularly young girls sunbathing.

    • Wendy

      You are quite right. They can be white and scaly, often itchy and do not heal.

    • Toothbrush76

      Mr Primrose here.
      When the surgeon had finished you could have fitted half a tennis ball in the scar. It’s not pretty but better than the alternative by a long shot.

  • conwaycaptain

    One of the problems now is that people cover up too much and they get Vitamin D deficiencies.

  • Wendy

    Melanomas grow under the skin, so the mole or lesion that you see on your skin is literally the tip of the iceberg.

    The longer you leave them, the longer that iceberg is growing and spreading downwards and outwards under your skin, into your muscle, and potentially into the underlying bone, and you cannot see it.

    Get them looked at for goodness sake.

  • D.Dave

    I have had 1 suspicious one removed, benign thank god (whom I do not believe in). My sister, sister in law and cousin all had some bad ones. Unfortunately my cousin now has inoperable brain cancer from it. Please get them checked………..