Here’s how it works: The app helps you take a series of 23 photos, which covers your body from head to toe. And it stores the photos in your phone to serve as a baseline for future comparisons.
If the app finds any suspicious moles or lesions, it walks you through a self-exam, and provides pictures of various types of skin cancers for comparison.
It can send automatic reminders so you can monitor any changes over time. And if a mole appears to be changing or growing, the app can share the photos with a dermatologist to help determine whether a biopsy is necessary.
Experts say that getting a skin check more than once a year is especially important for people who are considered high-risk for melanoma.
That’s anyone who has fair skin, burns easily, or has had severe sunburns in the past, as well as people with a family history of melanoma, and anyone who have used a tanning bed even once. Again, it’s called U-M Skin Check, and it’s free.