FotoFinder: The #1 Way to Screen for Skin Cancer
By L. Markham McHenry, D.O.
What can you do in two minutes?
If you’re fast, maybe you can load the dishwasher, get dressed, or cook an egg. But it’s not a lot of time to do much of anything else.
Yet two minutes is, on average, the amount of time your doctor will spend checking most of your body for skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States.
I say most because in a mere 2 minutes, how could he possibly look at every inch? Even if he uses a magnifying glass, he’s getting a good look but it’s simply impossible to check every surface of your skin in that amount of time.
Not only that, but he’s relying on your memory and his notes to figure out if a mole changed from last year or even six months ago. With 50 patients a day and hundreds of moles a year, there’s no way he can remember what yours look like.
So even if you’re diligent about getting a skin cancer screening every year, I’m sorry to break the news to you: but it’s just not enough.
The only way, in my opinion, to accurately screen for skin cancer is with FotoFinder mole mapping, a cutting-edge, non-invasive technology all of my patients take advantage of.
What is FotoFinder?
FotoFinder uses a camera that takes full body photos at all angles, including your palms and the soles of your feet. The other camera, a handheld one called a Dermoscope, allows us to zoom in on specific areas of the body and get exact measurements of moles.
FotoFinder even assigns a numerical score to moles based on how irregular they are and provides an in-depth analysis that, along with my own clinical evaluation, is used to determine if a mole might be cancerous.
Year after year, we’re able to compare the images side by side to see if a mole has changed or grown in diameter, height, or color.
FotoFinder is the best tool we have available to prevent one of the most treatable and curable cancers.
With summer right around the corner, it’s important to make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent skin cancer!