Last Sunday was World Cancer Day and as someone who has lost a mother, father and brother to this horrible disease I have seen first hand what it does not only to the person suffering but also the affect on families and friends.
I’m vigilent about having screening tests such as Mammograms and colonoscopies, however I have to admit I am guilty when it comes to Skin Cancer and checking for Melanomas.
Living in Queensland I have certainly become more Sunsmart, wearing sunscreen and a hat. I cringe when I think that as teenagers we lathered our bodies in baby oil and laid on the beach for hours to get the perfect tan. I managed to get the perfect Sunburn each year and of course, now I know better.
The Cancer Council of Australia suggests:
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.
I was recently introduced to Miiskin, a company which has produced an App especially to help you keep track of your skin and mole changes. THIS SHOULD NOT OF COURSE, REPLACE REGULAR CHECKS BY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. IF YOU AREN’T SURE BOOK A SCREENING TODAY.
The App is FREE to download and helps you keep a record any skin or mole changes by taking photos of your skin and then reminding you to compare after a period of time which you nominate. I also believe it is a good idea so you can show the doctor when you visit.
Miiskin’s mission is still the same and a core part of the DNA in the company – make it easy and simple to spot mole changes for as many people as possible.
And during February in Australia, Miiskin are donating $1 for cancer research for each Australian download, up to $10,000! Their campaign is called ‘Eyes on your skin’
You can find out more about the App and Miiskin in the video below. I’ve downloaded mine – will you?
Disclosure: I have received no payment or inducement for this post and my views and thoughts are my own.