Your Health

Holy Moley! Is that a beauty mark or skin cancer?

August 30, 2023 — Jill Lanagan

“Health is the greatest of human blessings.” Hippocrates

1 in 5 of us will be impacted by skin cancer by age 70. Found early skin cancer is highly treatable. But remember it hides in plain sight! If you’re not looking for it, you could miss it. Our wellness partner SkinIO, helps you see your skin like a dermatologist. Their new technology helps screen your own skin. All you need is 10 minutes and a smart phone!

This technology allows you to track changes in your skin that can save your life. Most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles that can change over time. 70-80% of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer come from a new spot on the skin, but the other 20-30% come from a change to an existing mole.  With SkinIO   and your smartphone you can monitor your skin over time to more easily recognize changes. Below is a well known guide in knowing what to look for.  


  • Asymmetrical shape– one half is not like the other
  • Border: Notched, irregular, or scalloped edges
  • Color: Multiple colors, changes inn color or uneven color
  • Diameter: Larger than ¼ in or a pencil eraser
  • Evolving: Change in size,shape,color or height; also sympthoms such as itchiness, tenderness or bleeding; or nonhealing sores

Preventative measures can be taken as talked about in our last blog.It is always important to practice sun safety. Sorry, but even indoor tanning exposes users to high levels of UV rays. Not only can that cause skin cancers but also cataracts and cancers of the eye. There are many stages of melanoma from zero to stage four. It is highly recommended to see your doctor if you suspect a change on your skin. This is where SkinIO can help and make keeping track of changes easy and give you peace of mind.


Topics: Your Health

Written by

Jill Lanagan

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