How can your diet and technology help prevent skin cancer?

The MetaOptima Team | Aug 28, 2017 | Tag: Health, Tips, Apps

How can your diet and tech help you prevent cancer? Read on to find out!

Places You Probably Forget To Apply Sunscreen

The MetaOptima Team | Jun 27, 2017 | Tag: MoleScope, Sunscreen, SkinCheck

Have you ever had a sunburn? Chances are you missed a spot applying sunscreen. Learn about how to fix this and more!

Melanoma Month: Awareness and Education

The MetaOptima Team | May 19, 2017 | Tag: MoleScope, Melanoma, SkinCheck

It's Melanoma Month! Now is the perfect time to spread awareness, and learn about prevention and skin checks so you can keep your skin happy and healthy.

Skin Cancer Prevention and Health

The MetaOptima Team | Apr 25, 2017 | Tag: Resources, Safety, SkinCancer

How do I prevent skin cancer in my daily habits? From melanoma survivors to kids, prevention, education, awareness and sharing are key to good skin health.

Skin Cancer Treatment Costs

The MetaOptima Team | Apr 07, 2017 | Tag: Health, SkinCancer, Tanning

Tanning damages your health and your wallet. In 2016, there were an estimated 263,000 cases of skin cancer caused by tanning beds. Save yourself- don’t tan.

Not all Melanomas Come from Moles

The MetaOptima Team | Mar 22, 2017 | Tag: Tips, Melanoma, Moles

Only 20-30% of melanoma cases grow from moles or are mole-associated. It’s important to know the non-mole signs of melanoma and how to recognize these case

Cloudy Day Skin Cancer Risk

The MetaOptima Team | Mar 01, 2017 | Tag: UV, Sun, Cloud

Up to 80% of UV rays pass through clouds and hit your skin. Just because it's cloudy out does not mean you're protected.

Skin Cancer: It's Not Going to Happen to Me. Right?

The MetaOptima Team | Feb 22, 2017 | Tag: MoleScope, Tips, Resources

Examine your moles. Get peace of mind.

Valentine's Day: Spread the Love, Check Your Loved Ones!

The MetaOptima Team | Feb 14, 2017 | Tag: MoleScope, Moles, SkinCheck

Valentine's Day

World Cancer Day: We Can. I Can.

The MetaOptima Team | Feb 03, 2017 | Tag: Cancer, SkinCancer, Community

World Cancer Day 2017

Goodbye Dr.MoleScope, Hello DermEngine!

The MetaOptima Team | Aug 10, 2016 | Tag: Tech, News, MoleScope, Apps, DermEngine

The Dr.MoleScope App is getting a new look!

Melanoma Month 2016

The MetaOptima Team | May 02, 2016 | Tag: News, Community, DermEngine

Kicking off Melanoma Month with our skin screening project with the RCMP

Spreading Holiday Cheer with an Inspirational Melanoma Warrior

The MetaOptima Team | Dec 14, 2015 | Tag: News, Holidays, Survivor

This holiday season, we teamed up with an inspiring melanoma advocate and donated 5 MoleScopes to the pediatric melanoma community.

Skin Cancer Action Week - Australia

The MetaOptima Team | Nov 15, 2015 | Tag: News, MoleScope, Promotion

Free shipping on all orders to Australia until November 25th, 2015

Happy Birthday to Us!

The MetaOptima Team | Nov 09, 2015 | Tag: MoleScope, Holidays, Promotion

MetaOptima is officially 3 years old today!

New Month, New Skin Check

The MetaOptima Team | Oct 02, 2015 | Tag: Tips, SkinCancer, SkinCheck

It’s October - Time for a monthly skin check!

MoleScope at WCD 2015

The MetaOptima Team | Jul 09, 2015 | Tag: News, MoleScope, Promotion

MoleScope was unveiled at the World Congress of Dermatology 2015 in Vancouver.

Order vs Chaos: evolution of pattern analysis in dermoscopy

Ivan Klyuzhin, MSc | Apr 09, 2015 | Tag: Dermoscopy, Analysis, SkinCancer

Visual inspection of the skin plays a vital role in the screening and early detection of skin cancer. Malignant lesions (skin abnormalities that undergo uncontrolled growth) typically produce non-uniform pigmentation patterns that appear violent, chaotic, and lack symmetry...

UPDATE: Sneak Peek at the New MoleScope Design

The MetaOptima Team | Feb 23, 2015 | Tag: News, MoleScope, Promotion

From concept to creation, developing the new MoleScope device has been a whirlwind. As we advance through the manufacturing process, we are very excited to be able to share some images of our latest design with you. Take a look...

Healthy Skin Resolutions

Chehreh Hessami, BA&Sc | Jan 22, 2015 | Tag: Health, Tips, Skin

Just like that, another year is over and 2015 is well underway. Following the delicious indulgences that December provides, January jarringly brings us back to the reality of routine - and those never-ending emails. The new year brings new goals, meaning popular resolutions like eating better, exercising more, and getting more sleep are often at the top of everyone...

Happy Holidays

Chehreh Hessami, BA&Sc | Dec 20, 2014 | Tag: Resources, Holidays, SkinCancer

As another year comes to an end, we often take time to reflect on the events of the past twelve months. Each year brings different feelings, adventures, challenges, and things to be thankful for. However, the one thing that remains constant year after year, is the appreciation we have for our loved ones and their unwavering support...

Hats, Scarves, and Sunscreen

Chehreh Hessami, BA&Sc | Nov 19, 2014 | Tag: UV, Sun, Cloud

The sunny days of summer are long gone, and those of us living in the Pacific Northwest may have already forgotten what the sun looks like. With the dark days and gloomy skies, it’s hard to imagine that any damaging UV rays could sneak past the clouds and actually reach our skin. But they can, and they do...

The Dark Side of the Cloud

Nima Hazar, MSc | Oct 22, 2014 | Tag: Tech, Computing, Apps

Cloud computing, or simply ‘cloud’, is a broad, over-used term that refers to the offering of data storage, computing services or resources over the internet. However, it is not cloud's vague definition, but rather its characteristics that make it especially appealing to emerging and growing businesses. Cloud computing is highly flexible to its users’ needs and is incredibly scalable...

Top Reasons To Visit Doctor Are Skin Problems

Chehreh Hessami, BA&Sc | Sep 14, 2014 | Tag: Health, Skin, Medicine

According to a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, skin disorders were the primary reasons for which Minnesota residents visited their health providers between January 1st, 2005 and December 31st, 2009. In fact, more people visited their health providers for skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, or cysts than they did for heart disease, diabetes, or...

U-What? The UV Index Explained

Chehreh Hessami, BA&Sc | Aug 12, 2014 | Tag: Health, UV, Sun

Ultraviolet, or UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is emitted from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. Although invisible, too much UV radiation exposure in a short amount of time can cause suntans as well as sunburns. Ultraviolet radiation is composed of UVA, UVB and UVC radiation, classified based on their length. Measured in nanometres, or billionths of a meter, UVA rays are the longest (between 320 nm and...

Why put the sun in such a bad light?

Vladimir Ratushny, MD, PhD, FAAD | Jul 13, 2014 | Tag: UV, Sunscreen, SPF

The negative effects of the sun on the skin are produced by ultraviolet radiation, which includes UV-A and UV-B radiation. ​​These ultraviolet rays may cause DNA damage, leading to skin cancer and premature skin aging. Sunscreen uses a combination of organic and inorganic particles to filter the UV radiation, so that less of it can penetrate to the deep layers of your skin to cause damage. Sunblock, on the other hand, utilizes the reflective properties of particles...

Atypical Moles and Familial Atypical Mole Syndrome Explained

Vladimir Ratushny, MD, PhD, FAAD | Jun 29, 2014 | Tag: Skin, Moles, SkinCheck

Moles, also known as nevi, are very common growths of the pigmenting cells in your skin. The pigment cells that grow are called melanocytes. The density of melanocytes in your skin determines the lightness/darkness of your skin tone. Melanocytes also protect the DNA of your skin cells from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Moles can either be congenital or acquired during childhood. Moles can become atypical and can even develop into melanoma...

Your Health Knowledge at Your Fingertips

Maryam Sadeghi, PhD | May 14, 2014 | Tag: Tech, Apps, TeleDermatology

In the world of developing technology, there’s an app for everything. We rely on our smartphones and tablets for everything from finding recipes and restaurants to tracking workouts and planning budgets. Since their beginnings as a source of entertainment, apps have developed into an indispensable resource and tool for even the least tech-savvy individuals, simply because they provide convenient solutions to most of our daily problems, right in the palm of our hand...