How many times have you scanned your full self in the mirror, intrigued of finding mysterious moles that have made a home on your skin?
Sure, many of us don’t even give a second look as to what new moles are creeping up on us, unless it’s an unusual color, texture or shape, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned.
Now, there’s SpotCheck — a free smart phone app that lets you scan and submit photos of your own questionable moles to be reviewed for a $4.99 fee by a certified dermatologist, guaranteed to respond within 24 hours to let you know if the mole is typical or atypical. If the results reported back states “atypical,” the app will use your phone’s GPS to find your local dermatologists’ office to help you make an appointment with a board-certified doctor contracted to schedule any SpotCheck referrals within two weeks.
There’s absolutely no reason to make excuses now. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who have more than 50 atypical moles are at a greater risk for developing melanoma, “the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old,” killing one American almost every hour.
Conveniently, the app includes statistics on melanoma, populations most susceptible, and an alphabetized melanoma recognition list: asymmetry, border irregularity, color and diameter etc, adding to the unique practicality of the app that serves as a stepping stone to encourage people who need to be seen by a dermatologist into the office earlier for an in-person exam because while there’s no chemotherapy for melanoma, if detected early, it can be removed.
So if you spot a suspicious spot, don’t wait for the right moment to make an appointment with your doctor, because the so-called right moment will never come. The right moment, is now.
By: Ashley Kooblall
Image By: Lindsey Lee