In the Netherlands the Melanoma Foundation has created a smartphone app named 'Huidmonitor' (Skin monitor, in Dutch) to easily check suspicious moles and spots on one's skin.
Of all types of cancers, skin cancer is growing the fastest. One in six Dutch persons is affected by it at some point in their lives. Commenting on the launch of the new app, Marcel Bekkenk, a dermatologist, said: "Regular skin checks are important, in particular for young people as in 25 % of cases patients are younger than 50 years old." He called Huidmonitor "a handy tool" for staying aware of changes on one's skin. "If one finds out a suspicious stain, they must always go to the doctor,' he added.
Huidmonitor is free of charge and available in Dutch; it can be downloaded from http://huidmonitor.nl/. Its two most important features are: