According to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The number of new cases of melanoma has been increasing for at least 30 years. Melanoma is more likely to spread to nearby tissues and other parts of the body, making it harder to cure. Finding and treating melanoma skin cancer early may help prevent death from melanoma.

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Early detection is key to survival from skin cancer

The National Cancer Institute highly recommends regular mole checks by your physician, since the best chances for surviving skin cancer lie in early detection. When melanoma is found early, the cure rate is over 95% because it can be excised before it spreads to other parts of the body.

The ability to identify new moles and  notice changes in existing moles is critical in the early detection process. According to the American Cancer Society, ‘Part of a routine cancer-related check up should include a skin exam by a health care professional qualified to diagnose skin cancer. Many dermatologists use a technique called dermatoscopy (also known as dermoscopy, epiluminescence microscopy [ELM], or surface microscopy) to look at spots on the skin more clearly.’

If you think about it, every year your physician sees thousands of moles on hundreds of patients. This makes it impossible to remember what your moles looked like six months ago. That's why having a photo documentation system for the accurate tracking of moles is so important.