skin cancer

Home Health Tech: Measure Your UV Exposure with My UV Patch App

Before we check for skin cancer, there's actually a new app to help stop us developing it in the first place!

La Roche-Posay My UV Patch (free with the purchase of La Roche-Posay sunscreen at most pharmacies, laroche-posay.com.au) is a thin, flexible patch which measures sun exposure when connected to the My UV Patch app (free from the App Store and Google Play).

This transparent adhesive is about the size of a fifty cent count and contains photosensitive dyes, which change colour when exposed to UV.

Use the app to scan the patch on your skin. The app will then determine your level of UV exposure. 

You can sleep, exercise, shower and swim with the patch on for up to five days - you'll forget it's even there!

Although My UV Patch is certainly handy, it doesn't automatically alert you if your UV levels are in the red zone. It's up to you to keep checking your UV levels. 

Read more about My UV Patch here.
 

Home Health Tech: Test for Skin Cancer At Home With SkinVision App

The stats on skin cancer in Australia are grim.

Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

More than 750,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year.

GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer. That's the entire population of Adelaide!

The good new is, there is now an app on the market called SkinVision to help you monitor the progression of any dodgy moles or spots, so you can better inform your doctor.

It's super simple to use, you can even train your grandparents to get with the digital age!

Take a photo of the mole or spot you wish to check. Wait for the app to analyse the image, then save the picture so you can keep an eye on it.

SkinVision boasts an 88 percent sensitivity rate for melanoma but should be used in conjunction with yearly skin checks with a GP or dermatologist.

SkinVision is free and available for both iPhone and Android on the App Store and Google Play (skinvision.com).