About Naevus

Around 250 New Zealanders will die from melanoma each year but many more are successfully treated. The long term success of treatment depends on early diagnosis and management.

Naevus is a unique service for skin cancer detection using advanced computer technology and high definition digital photography screening (Digital Dermoscopy) that provides you with immediate results. Naevus (pronounced ‘nee-vus’) is from the Latin and is the medical term for mole. 

Digital Dermoscopy is a new and exciting technology. It is a research based approach to early detection of melanoma. It involves the use of digital technology along with a to provide a vastly magnified view of structural changes within moles and other skin lesions at a stage long before that visible to the naked eye. This greatly increases the accuracy of the early diagnosis of melanoma and skin cancer.

The system used is ‘Fotofinder Dermoscope’ that has been developed by the Dermatology Department of the University of Tuebingen in Germany. It is widely used throughout Europe, USA and Australasia.