Northern News : March 16th 2011
7 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS 3572576AA MARCH 17th -- 26th MASSIVE STOCKTAKE SALE 20% off absolutely everything. Furniture Court Kerikeri Klinac Lane, Waipapa. Ph: 407 3556. Open 7 days. Introducing Shayne Wyatt • Lawnmowing, • Hedge Trimming, • Section Tidies, • Gardening Specialist Mangonui, Kaitaia, Ahipara Mangamuka, Broadwood, Kohukohu HOME SERVICES For a no obligation free quote phone 0800 800 286 09 406 0683 A Family Practice with a Gentle Approach 95 Kerikeri Rd (opp Police Station). New patients welcome. Phone for an appointment 09 407 3538 A new way to prevent tooth decay for all the family... Quick. Simple. Effective. Laser Diagnosis Advanced Restorative Techniques Teeth Whitening Hygienist / Gum Care -- Dyrene Wilson WINZ Quotes / ACC FREE dental treatment for adolescents aged 13-18 years Mole check a lifesaver Survivor: Terry Goodall was lucky to have melanoma diagnosed early. Photo: RICHARD EDMONDSON By EMMA GODWIN Melanoma month is a time to scare yourself silly with frightening facts about skin cancer. This isn't a bad thing according to melanoma survivor Terry Goodall who avoided becoming a statistic quite by chance. Four years ago the Kerikeri man accom- panied his wife to her mole check. The doctor turned to Terry after his wife's examination and offered to check him too. He found something that looked like a pink pimple which he dis- missed as benign. But test results four days later confirmed the pimple was melanoma. Terry describes the three months that fol- lowed as the worst in his life. He was whisked off to Melbourne for treat- ment, had a wide-area excision, lymph nodes removed for examination and an anxious wait for the all clear. He now describes him- self as the luckiest man alive. People say to me, I'd rather not know'. They actually say that to my face. Four years later, there is no doubt that it was worth it.''This is why Terry shares his story. He knows how vital early detection is. Once melanoma spreads and becomes a secondary cancer, you've pretty much had it,'' he says. Terry now has regular checks and advises everyone to do the same. Melanoma isn't a seasonal thing. Sunburn from years ago is a trig- ger.'' Melanomas often appear as a new spot or an existing spot, freckle or mole that has changed in colour, shape or size. They come in a variety of colours or can have no colour at all. Some develop over weeks or months. Others develop more slowly. Contact your doctor or dermatologist to book a mole check. It could save your life. Visit www.melanoma. org.nz for more inform- ation. ALARMING NUMBERS Melanoma: Kills 250 people in New Zealand each year New Zealand has the highest melanoma rates in the world ItisNew Zealand's fourth most common cancer 2000 registered cases of melanoma each year.
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