Mapping your moles and checking for a skin cancer is important. It’s something that we all know we should do but we always put it off till later.
Why? We know why its important to check our skin, and it seems like a simple task. But a lot of people don’t know what to look for, or how to check. And going to the clinic or getting a digital mole map from a doctor can be complicated.
So how do you do it? Here’s a step-by-step guide thats easy to follow:
- If possible, find a friend to help you check hard to see places (top of your head, and your back).
- Go somewhere private with good lighting (you’ll need to take your clothes off!)
- Undress to your underwear.
- Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
- Bend your elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
- Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
- Ask your friend to look at the back of your neck and scalp, or use a hand mirror. Try to part your hair for a closer look.
- Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.
- Repeat in 3 months time (1 month if high risk).
Now, whats the major problem with this method? How do you know which moles are dangerous?
Well, there are many online guides (like the ABCDE method) that could help you decide. But we all know from experience that its almost impossible to be sure if a mole is dangerous. Only a doctor can tell that.
So what happens after finding a worrying mole?
- You wonder if you’ve seen it before. You can’t remember because you didn’t photograph them last time. Or if you did the file is somewhere, unlabelled on your computer.
- It has some of the ABCDE features that might suggest cancer, but not all. So should you see a doctor? (Yes!)
- It might have got bigger since last time, but again, you can’t remember.
And what do you do? You wait.
Research has shown that some people wait up to 18 month before seeing a doctor about a mole. But melanoma can spread rapidly in just 6 weeks.
So, what do you need to make you see a doctor today?
And thats what we provide. Every time you check your moles, take a quick photo of each one with our app, and we’ll check it for change.
Change is the most sensitive indicator of a melanoma, and we have highly sensitive change detection algorithmns.
So if we tell you it has changed, you can be certain you need to see a doctor. And, you’ll have a digital record of your moles that you can look back over.
Whats the best way to check your skin? Repeat steps 1-8, taking photographs with our app, and then relax in the knowledge that we’re looking out for you.