skinScan is a mobile application that enables users to remotely screen and monitor their moles/lesions using advanced automated algorithms as well as provides access to an expert doctor’s opinion on the case in less than 24 hours.
Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, however, it is much more dangerous if it is not found early. It causes the majority (75%) of deaths related to skin cancer. Worldwide, doctors diagnose about 160,000 new cases of melanoma yearly.
Unusual moles that may indicate melanoma: Characteristics of unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers follow the A-B-C-D-E guide developed by the American Academy of Dermatology:
Ais for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves.
Bis for irregular border. Look for moles with irregular, notched or scalloped borders — characteristics of melanomas.
Cis for changes in color. Look for growths that have many colors or an uneven distribution of color.
Dis for diameter. Look for new growth in amole larger than about 1/4 inch (6 millimeters).
E is for evolving. Look for changes over time, such as a mole that grows in size or that changes color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding.