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Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool + a little giveaway

Disclaimer: Skin Patrol provided free product for review and giveaway.

G I V E A W A Y   N O W   C L O S E D: Winners have been notified and will be announced shortly. 🙂


THE WINNERS ARE: Jacky (Queensland) and Ruth (Tasmania). Congratulations … your prizes are on the way.


Being fifty-something, I remember life before the Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign of the eighties, when we didn’t really get the dangers of sun exposure. As kids, we let the sun burn giant blisters on our shoulders and then delighted in peeling back the layers to expose the fresh pink satin-skin below.

We didn’t know any better then, but we do now.

We know that, In Australia, the incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world (two or three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK).

We know that melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer in Australia.

And we know that 95% of melanoma is treatable if detected early.

Then the big question becomes: what can I do to spot a deadly skin cancer before it’s too late?

As I age, my body is throwing up all sorts of fresh skin spots, dots, moles, speckles, freckles, bumps, blemishes and skin tags. Almost weekly, there seems to be a new patch of territory on my body landscape that needs investigating. In the last few weeks I’ve noticed a stippled, raised patch on my forehead and there’s been a red blemish niggling on my thigh for a couple of months.

Nothing can substitute having a specialist check out any suspicious spots you have (or, indeed an annual full body skin check by your doctor) but, if you’re between doctor’s visits and have a blemish, there’s a new skin cancer early detection tool designed for your own use, in the comfort of your home.

Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool, Skin Patrol, Melnamoma Australia, melanoma Early detection

The clever people at Skin Patrol sent me one of their detection tools to trial (and another couple to give away … more about that later).

The Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool guides you through analysing a spot on your skin for characteristics of skin cancer (asymmetry, border, colour, diameter, evolution, focus) and provides nifty little pocket-sized tools (magnifying window, diameter measure, colour chart) to help you along the way.

Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool, Skin Patrol, Melnamoma Australia, melanoma Early detection

This video explains how it works, and how it takes the guesswork out of skin checking.

I’ve used the tool to work through the analysis of both my new blemishes (forehead and thigh) and am confident neither requires immediate medical review (though I’ll be showing both to my GP at my next scheduled visit in a few months’ time.

I found the process (five YES/NO questions to answer) easy to understand, the tools simple to use and the supporting website very helpful. And I know that the people who created this tool are specialists in the area of early skin cancer detection. Straight up, I trust them more than heading to a random Dr Google. And, if the tool does help you decide you need a medical follow-up, the website provides a list of accredited skin cancer doctors across Australia.

The Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool is available online for $20, or use the code ‘savelife’ for a 25% discount for two or more (+ P&H).


Or, if you live in Australia, you could be the lucky winner of one of two Skin Cancer Early Detection Tools I have to give away. Just leave a comment below this post to let me know you’re keen. I’ll close off entries at 5pm (EST) Friday 22 May and announce the two winners the following day. I’ll post the Early Detection Tools out to the two winners (at no cost to you). NOTE: Giveaway is only available to readers with an Australian address. Good luck!





11 thoughts on “Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool + a little giveaway

  1. This sounds like a great idea, I do sometimes feel a bit silly asking my Doctor about blemishes but I’m sure its better to be safe than sorry.

  2. This is a brilliant concept especially if followed up with your GP. Never feel silly. My University doctor questioned a mole on my collarbone in 1976 during a routine visit for flu. 3 weeks later when he cut it out I was told I had a malignant melanoma and may not see my 21st birthday. I have had regular checks for almost 40 years and as recently as last month, my Doctor removed a carncinoma from the back of my neck. All clear, as were the last 5 suspicious little gems. The Australian sun and an active life have given me many bumps and spots. Life is a gift and your body the wrapping. Spread the word that it pays to be aware. I was just very lucky the first time.

    1. Robyn, thanks for sharing your story here, and for your advice. We all have so much to learn about looking after ourselves. Thank you. And, yes, you’re in the running to win one of these nifty tools. Take care. 🙂

    1. Glad to hear you’re on to it, Kathy. With your outdoorsy/travelling lifestyle (and penchant for beaches!) you need to be vigilant … but you already know that. 🙂 I’ve popped you in the draw. Thanks.

  3. Argggh! Ageing! What are those lumps and bumps on my legs? Too much roasting on the beach with coconut oil in the 80s maybe? Note to self: Get a skin check 🙂

  4. Ta-dah! And the winners are: Jacky from Queensland and Ruth from Tasmania. Jacky and Ruth have both been notified and their prizes will soon be on their way. Many thanks to all for supporting this little giveaway. S x 🙂

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