Remember that Seinfeld episode when Kramer is mistaken for a doctor due to the white butcher’s coat he’s wearing and he gives George’s boss, Kruger, a mole check? Well, I had the line stuck on repeat in my head a whole afternoon recently.
It’s something that I don’t look forward to but it needs to be done every year. And what’s that? A mole check. Yeah, sexy and the stats are just as not sexy – according to cancer.org, there will be 76,100 new cases of melanoma in the United States this year and 9,710 deaths from it. So while you can do some things to prevent melanoma, if you do have or see a mole appear, try and remember the ABCDE’s of mole checking so you know what is normal and what is not.
I’m not a big fan of just having a Dermatologist give my skin the once over with the naked eye as, like us, they’re only human and can miss things. But if you do find one that is questionable, before getting an invasive biopsy, there is now an option that can tell if a mole is cancerous or not.
NIDIskin is the first imaging center devoted solely to Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging of the Skin. In other words, they have a machine that can look deep into the skin to see what’s below it. The technology has been around for 10-years and they just opened their first location in Los Angeles.
I was invited to meet with their Imaging Tech, Nicole, to see exactly how it all works. Using the FDA approved VivaCam Dermoscopy system, they can monitor your skin and moles one time or like a mammogram, you can get them all monitored each year and they can compare them from year to year for any changes in size or appearance.