In today’s tech-dominated world, new smartphone apps promise they can help to detect cancerous moles and alert users about dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays. Here are some Smartphone apps which can be very helpful to prompt the person to do their self-exam.
Mole tracking apps
1. Mole Mapper
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) developed Apps Mole Mapper that reminds users to take images of their skin to help monitor the color, size and shape of their moles. Mole Mapper calculates the size of a mole by comparing your photos to a common reference object like a pencil eraser or coin. Users are requested to re-measure their moles in the app every 30 days to show any changes that may appear over time.
These apps can replay photos of one single mole over time, making it easier to note whether there is actually a change in that mole.Mole Mapper is free to download and is available for iPhones.
2. My Skin Pal
This app asks users to take photos of their moles so they can check the snaps and apply color filters to recognize potential doubtful patterns. My Skin Pal will even send you alerts when a mole hasn’t been scanned in specific time.
It’s important to note that these apps do not aim to give a diagnosis but sharing a picture of your skin condition to a doctor will give you some initial response on whether or not you are in an emergency condition. The basic functions of these apps to tell you don’t need to worry about that mole,’
UV (Ultra Violet) monitoring apps
1. My UV Patch
The major cause of skin cancer is Exposure to UV rays from tanning beds or sunlight. Apps like My UV Patch can play a serious role in keeping you informed on just how much sun you’re getting throughout the day.
My UV Patch is similar to thin sticker that resembles like a tattoo, goes directly onto the skin to gather the user’s UV exposure. Photosensitive dyes on the sticker change color depending on sun light
When users use SPF, the sticker recognizes the extra safety and will readjust the reading accordingly. After snapping a picture of the patch in its companion app, the data gathered from the patch gets transferred to the app to demonstrate users their routine exposure in real-time.
The June is a jewel-inspired device can be worn as a bracelet or brooch and measures sun UV intensity in real time. This app provides personalized tips on how and when to save your skin with sunscreen, sunglasses or a hat. The app can also send out alerts when a user has reached the recorded maximum sun exposure for the day.Price of June bracelet is $129 and it is compatible with the iPhone.
Be careful while using these apps because no program should replace an annual skin check with a dermatologist. The doctor can look at you and check your personalized history from apps and give his view about your skin.