Whole Body Mapping Service

Whole Body Mapping is the documentation of a person's total skin surface via photographs for the purposes of comparison at a future date. The result of Whole Body Mapping is a complete skin reference set. This is useful for individuals with risks for skin cancer.

Lucassian Photography offers Whole Body Mapping as a service to help you monitor your skin for changes. The photos are taken in the studio against a plain backdrop. All the photos are delivered back to you on a USB stick. The shoot will typically last no more than one hour. When booking your session, we will discuss the process and any preparation you may need to know about. We will also go over a list of photos to be taken before beginning so that you know what is being photographed. The cost for this service is $99. The photos can be viewed on a computer or printed.

sample of whole body mapping photography

About Skin Cancer

Please note, this information is not medical advice, just information we hope will help. If you have any questions about any of this or something on your skin, GO SEE A DOCTOR! The sooner the better! You should examine your skin regularly!

Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, so those who spend a lot of time in the sun are at the highest risk. However, Skin cancers do develop on skin that isn't usually exposed to sunlight. Environmental factors and heredity may play a role. Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people who have:

  • Fair skin or light-colored eyes
  • An abundance of large and irregularly-shaped moles
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A history of excessive sun exposure or blistering sunburns
  • Lived at high altitudes or with year-round sunshine
  • Received radiotherapy treatments
  • Vitiligo

Skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, start as precancerous lesions that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. Skin cancer can be cured if it's found and treated early. Precancerous lesions may appear as small, scaly patches anywhere on the skin, including the lips.

Another indicator is an atypical mole. A mole is a benign growth of the skin cells which give skin its color. Few moles become cancer but abnormal or atypical moles can develop into melanoma over time. 'Normal' moles are typically small (6mm), smooth, round or oval and may appear flat or raised or may begin flat and become raised over time. Moles usually develop in youth or young adulthood. It's unusual to acquire a mole in middle age and beyond.

An atypical mole is not necessarily cancer, but can become cancer. They can be found anywhere on the body. Atypical moles may be larger, asymmetrical or irregular in shape, have notched or fading borders. They might have mixed colors, including pink, red, tan and brown. They may be flat or raised and the surface smooth or rough. They may also be changing with time, shrinking, growing, or changing color. If a mole itches or bleeds, it should be checked by a doctor.

The moles on a person's body typically look much the same. If one looks different, it should be checked by a doctor.

If possible you should check your skin every couple of months using a mirror working from your head down. The entire skin surface needs to be checked including your ears, neck, back, between fingers and toes, groin, soles of the feet, and backs of the knees. New moles are especially suspicious. Pay special attention to moles during times of heightened hormones - if you're a teenager, pregnant or going through the menopause.

Having a set of reference photos of your skin will help you in self-inspection, allowing you to comapre your skin today to what it looked like in the past. If there are any new or suspicious moles, take a photo and date it to help you monitor for changes. Make an appointment with a doctor if you find any suspicious moles, lesions or changes in your skin.

You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting your exposure to the sun, especially in the middle of the day. When you do go out, apply sunscreen liberally (remember the lips and ears), wear a hat and sunglasses and cover up with clothing.

Please remember, if you notice changes to your skin such as a new growth, a mole changing appearance, or a sore that won't heal, seek medical advice promptly!