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How your ‘selfie’ could save your life

February 6, 2018
Miisken Skin Cancer app

Miisken Skin Cancer app

 

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.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 7, 2018 at 00:03

    I haven’t tried this Sue – but I have been to the skin clinic this week for my annual check up so I’m feeling quite proud of myself – I’ve had enough cut off me and burnt off me to know that it’s vital to be vigilant.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2018 at 10:14

      I’m really slack Leanne and I should make an appointment. I wouldn’t recommend this App alone but I do think the idea of keeping a photo track of changes would be good to take along when you go for your check ups.

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 9, 2018 at 18:20

    This is so helpful Sue, I will look a downloading this as I too am very slack in this area of my health and I have a lot of moles on my body. I’ve had them checked and some removed but they’ve not been melanomas thankfully! Thanks for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 10, 2018 at 10:28

      I thought it was a great idea. Of course, Deb, I wouldn’t rely on it solely but even just to keep track of changes and then show the doctor would be a great idea. x

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski March 6, 2018 at 03:55

    What a great app to know about. I, like you, put Baby oil on my skin when I was young and got a horrible sunburn on my honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta in the late 70’s. Paying for it with sunspots every since, but so far, nothing serious.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 7, 2018 at 07:31

      I know Rebecca we didn’t really know any better back then. Yesterday, I received a reminder from the app to check my mole so it really works on keeping an eye on changes.

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