A few months ago I finally upgraded my phone and I’m still absolutely GIDDY about – I went from a painfully slow and full iPhone to a sparkly new Pixel 2. And I’m in love: The camera is incredible, there’s unlimited photo storage, and the battery lasts longer than 20 minutes – a vast improvement from the iPhone! But the main thing I’m still getting used to is the amount of free space. I’ve been downloading apps like there’s no tomorrow, most of which are mind-numbingly addictive games… but there’s one helpful app that I think everyone should download: MiiSkin.
MiiSkin is a mole checker app that aims to promote skin cancer awareness and help with digital self-tracking. And I think it’s flipping genius. I heard about it through the British Skin Foundation, as they have partnered with MiiSkin and I have been recommending it to everyone ever since.
I took the following from the MiiSkin website: “Melanoma is one of the most aggressive types of skin cancer […] A personal history or a family history of melanoma increases the risk of getting a melanoma and so puts many more at risk […] Luckily, there are things that can be done to remedy this challenge, as survival rates increase greatly if a melanoma is caught early. So naturally, early detection of melanoma skin cancer is addressed in many ways. And technology is at the centre of these efforts.” From The British Skin Foundation website: “Skin cancer continues to rise in the UK, with more than 100,000 new cases diagnosed annually and 2,500 deaths from the disease every year.”
Pretty scary stuff.
I am quite a mole-y person, and I have my eye on a few that I *think* have changed shape in the past few months. I keep looking at them and wondering if I’m just imagining that they’re bumpier, that the edges have become blurred, that they’re growing in size. This is where the MiiSkin app comes in useful.
The MiiSkin app helps you to get into the habit of regularly checking your skin and enables you to keep track of changes in your skin. The premise is simple: you take photographs of new/changing moles and save them to your app. You are then prompted to set a reminder (e.g. a month from now) so that you can take a comparison photo and build a snapshot of your skin’s appearance. The app also contains multiple articles on how to properly examine your skin and what to look out for, something I think we’re not educated enough on in the UK.
Obviously an app cannot diagnose you and it should not be used in place of medical advice. If you are worried or would like a professional opinion you should – of course – go to your GP. But don’t forget that the app could be a helpful tool to show a doctor how a mole has changed over time.
The app is free and available HERE (Play Store) and HERE (iTunes). There is also an option to pay for the premium features (which include the ability to photography large areas – rather than individual moles – to track changes over time, and also the ability to access your photos and account on a computer).
Does the MiiSkin app sound like something you would use? Do you check your moles regularly? Do you know what you’re looking for?
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*This is not a sponsored post for the MiiSkin app or for the Pixel 2, I just genuinely love both! I am an ambassador for the British Skin Foundation, but they didn’t ask me to post about the app.
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