Over the last 50 years, we have developed an unhealthy behavior.
Especially during the summer season, we are often reminded to pay extra attention to protecting our skin from the rays of the sun. That is a good call as most skin cancer cases are caused by excessive UV (ultraviolet) exposure.
Over the last 50 years, part of the world population has developed an unhealthy tanning behavior, exposing our skin to high levels of UV radiation causing an increase in skin cancer cases. This behavior in combination with improved awareness has led to a rise in the necessity to monitor changes in our skin over time.
But to monitor your skin or that of another person, overtime is not an easy task. Especially if we must monitor multiple moles or skin marks it can be almost impossible to judge if a change has taken place since your last revision.
This is something Jon Friis soon discovered after being reunited with his high school sweetheart Rikke some 20 years later and being asked to help look after her many moles. The doubts and frustration he felt from wanting to help a loved one without being certain he was doing a good job got him thinking.
And that is how the idea for “Miiskin” was born!
A simple approach to a complex problem, that is how the company with roots in Denmark explain what the application is about.
What is does is to help the user structure a process for his/her skin self-examination. By taking pictures any change can easier be monitored over time by consulting the before and after pictures as the application also assist with the comparison. With the Automatic Skin Imaging feature, advanced Computer Vision and Augmented Reality technology automatically takes body photos of your skin all by yourself. Just place the app on a table and start the Automatic Skin Imaging. The app will now scan the surroundings and take the body skin images when the user is detected – the process is guided by the Siri voice.
Melanoma is probably one of the best-known skin cancer types, but also the most aggressive. As in most cases, early detection is key. By keeping an eye out for changes, you have a good chance of getting treatment in time. The Miiskin website provides vast information about signs of cancer, pictures of different types of cancer, and much more.
As useful as the application can be, Miiskin still points out that it’s not a substitution for seeing your physician or dermatologist. But it will help you to both establish a routine and facilitate your self-examination.