A free iPhone app that could save your life
SInce I'm getting ready to take off for a few days on a family vacation to sweltering Eastern Washington, I'm super conscious of exposure to the sun, especially when it comes to our 10-month-old kid and his delicate skin.
So this is perfect timing -- a free iPhone app that can help you detect early signs of skin cancer. The app prompts you to use your phone to photograph your own body in a series of 23 images to establish a baseline, and then reminds you to recheck periodically so you can detect any changes which might be signs of melanoma. You can even send the images to your dermatologist.
Two million Americans are diagonosed with skin cancer every year -- it's the most common form of cancer. And the best defense is to simply check your own skin for anything unusual. Or, to make it interesting, I guess you could offer to do it for a friend: "Hey, you photograph my body, I'll photograph yours, and we'll help each other out. For medical purposes." It could work.
Here's the link to the App Store.
And here's more about the app.