New Zealand Dermatological Society Skin Check Day for World Skin Health Day

12 November 2018

Together with SkinCan NZ, the New Zealand Dermatological Society ran a free skin check day in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand as part of the 2018 World Skin Health Day campaign.

NZ WSHD 2018
Victoria Scott-Lang and Tom Middelburg alongside the SkinCan NZ team

The main focus of the day was to screen patients for skin cancer and to raise awareness of the importance of sun protection. This is particularly important for the local community due to the very high incidence of skin cancer. Skin checks are not government subsidised in NZ and the cost can be prohibitive for many people.

17 doctors, of which 7 were dermatologists and 10 were General Practitioners with advanced dermatology training, saw 265 patients, over age 50. 111 had an abnormal skin check.

  • 3 suspicions of melanoma in situ
  • 3 squamous cell carcinoma
  • 9 suspicions of melanoma
  • 58 with one or more actinic keratoses
  • 61 basal cell carcinoma

SkinCan also installed free sunscreen dispensers at three sites across Christchurch for a six-month pilot scheme.

Find out more about how your organisation can take part in World Skin Health Day here.