Firstcheck gives you quick and easy access to local skin specialists.
With a few simple steps you can have that mole, rash or skin concern that’s been worrying you, checked out from the comfort of home!
Firstcheck enables you to create skin health records for you and your family, wherever you are in the country, and to track changes over time.
Our vision is to harness the power of technology and put it in your hands to improve health outcomes for all.
To find out more about how to use the service and the Firstcheck SkinScope™, head over to the How it Works page.
Or go to the app store to download it now – for free.
Watch our video to find out more about Firstcheck and the difference that Firstcheck is making:
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The Firstcheck Story
The idea behind Firstcheck came when Firstcheck’s co-founder, Hayden Laird’s grandfather was diagnosed with melanoma. Following a visit to MoleMap, Hayden realised the power of skin specialists to diagnose skin conditions and cancers through photographs.
Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. Studies show that up to 70% of melanomas are first noticed by either the person themselves or a family member – and that simple educational material can improve the likelihood that suspicious lesions are detected by the person.
So, isn’t it obvious?
It screamed out to us that if 70% of melanoma is already being noticed in the home, why not empower people with tools in the home to take action? Is that not the biggest opportunity to help detect skin cancer early?
Let’s arm the ‘first line of defence’ with the tools and technology to act. Let’s empower people with the tools to get suspicious lesions checked easily. Let’s make the tools available in the home so that we can get suspicious lesions checked in a timely manner.
In wanting to improve access to skin specialists, Firstcheck set about putting the tools into everybody’s hands so that skin concerns can be checked by skin specialists conveniently and cost-effectively. Now smartphone virtual doctor consultations are now possible using the Firstcheck Skin app and Firstcheck SkinScope™.
We’re proud to be helping to keep this preventable disease in check!
Our Board of Directors
Our board consists of
- David Taylor – an independent director and former Chair of Marlborough Public Health Organisation (PHO);
- Kevin Sheehy – a former GP with broad expertise in health delivery/policy, bringing new technologies to the market and enhancing health care delivery; and
- Cathy Clennett – with international experience in commercialising new technologies and significant technology portfolio management experience.
At Firstcheck we strongly believe that the best healthcare innovations involve health practitioners from the very beginning. The team is extremely grateful for the generous support of:
- Dermatologist Dr Ian Coutts of the New Zealand Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centre, Wellington.
- Dr Tom Mulholland, an Emergency Department Doctor who is passionate about preventative health care. The Dr Tom on a Mission project has touched thousands of lives and Dr Tom has always been excited about bringing his passion, experience and networks to Firstcheck to make a difference in the fight against skin cancer.
- Dr Franz Strydom of SkinSpots Skin Cancer Clinic
What others are saying about Firstcheck:
Firstcheck is a promising tool for timely review of lesions and for creating your own health records for tracking change. “It is promising to see the power of technology advancing to promote early detection of melanoma.”Linda Flay
This app allowed me to get a concerning spot on hubby’s back in front of a specialist in just a couple of clicks… after months of failing to get hubby to do something about it.
Thankfully we did, as it was skin cancer which has now been surgically removed.
The app works, thank you.Rozanne De Wild
I took a couple of photos using my phone, and paid the $19.95. When the report came back from the dermatologist, he was concerned the mole was highly suspicious. Right away we got Leah booked in to get it seen to and the mole was subsequently removed. It was identified as a Stage 2-3 Melanoma which concerned us to no end. Everything races through your mind and with two young children it hits hard. 6 weeks later after consultant visits and a sentinel node biopsy the results came back clear – to much relief. We feel like we’ve dodged a bullet as we caught it early enough.
I think without this app we would have potentially ignored or put off the initial check-up. My view is that Firstcheck saved our family from a diagnosis that could have been much worse.Aaron Mishkin and Leah Smith
I had a skin cancer expert on [the show] last year and he suggested that you get naked with your partner and check each other over. So now I guess you get naked with the app and take pictures of anything that’s suspicions and send it off. I love it!
Download it, I’ve done it – it’s easy. So get that [Firstcheck] app, brilliant.Wendyl Nissen
Firstcheck makes it easier than ever to check your spots & moles, as well as keeping a record of them to track changes. ️You can also buy the skin magnifier attachment specialists use (Firstcheck SkinScope) You can also send your photo off to a local skin cancer specialist for a digital consultation directly via Smartphone
How many of you check your skin for spots and moles? …I encourage everyone to do a skin check on yourself and loved ones, and if in doubt, get those spots checked out! Skin cancer is extremely prevalent in NZ.️ I see it every day at work, hours of surgery, dedicated to removing all sorts of skin cancer from various different patients…. There are NO excuses not to check your skin with the convenience and affordability of Firstcheck.Kate Mickelson
Probably best invention ever. So quick and easy, and gives you peace of mind. Never been easier to get a doctor’s opinion.Jamie Reilly
When you discover a LIFESAVING App & have to share! I have a family history of members with skin cancer & have experienced firsthand the stress & worry when a family member discovers & abnormal spot or mole! So when I heard that Firstcheck is an affordable app that allows you to have your spot or mole checked by a local skin cancer specialist without leaving the comfort of your home I was encouraged to check my own skin…Ali Cavill
I called a couple of other dermatologists and they needed referrals and there was all this rigmarole, and huge fees… [So] I used the Firstcheck app. It was actually a really good experience and the app was really good. We didn’t have to wait – like some other places I called had a two month waiting periods. [Dr David Izon] got me in this week. Dr Izon, who we saw was absolutely fantastic. Hudson was super nervous and acting shy. Dr Izon made the experience fun and I highly recommend him.Rachelle
Firstcheck has extraordinary potential to empower individuals to manage their health and the partnerships with clinicians makes it a solution that people can trust.NZ Innovation Council judges’ feedback
Love this app. Not just an app but links through to professionals who can diagnose whether moles may look a bit dodgy.Mark
I was concerned about a spot and used the app. I made quick appointment with my doctor after the response via the app indicated a possible skin cancer. Tests revealed basal cell carcinoma and it was able to be successfully removed.
The Firstcheck app was obviously useful for me – and great for pre-diagnosis.
Take care of your skin folks! The Firstcheck app is great – I highly recommend it! And I’d also recommend yearly check-ups from a dermatologist, and GP visits on top of that (when practical).David Criniti
Firstcheck gave me peace of mind on something I was worried about. Yay!Amy Wellington
Nearly 250 New Zealanders are diagnosed with skin cancer every day! That’s a scary number, and personally not one I want to be a part of; nor my children… I know it’s easy to say “yeah yeah I’ll do it later”, but we all know later never comes. [Firstcheck] is available at your fingertips and you can do it RIGHT NOW. Do not wait until it’s too lateMaria Foy
Finding time to check your moles is something we often put off and don’t make time for, but it’s so important we get them checked, especially with our hot kiwi summers. The Firstcheck app lets you easily get your moles checked from the comfort of your own home. In between the kids’ soccer, homework, housework and life, it can get busy – well now all you need to do is download the free app, take a couple of photos of your mole and you can send it off to a skin specialist who analyses it! The result comes back quickly so you can put your mind at rest or follow up ASAP.Analesha
So lucky now to have access to [the] Firstcheck app which is FREE and you can use it for mole mapping & tracking. And then it’s an affordable $19.95 to have a mole checked by a skin specialist – super convenient…Alexandra Pole
Firstcheck can actually help save your life! Keep an eye on your own skin, and if you spot anything new or changing, you can get it checked by a real doctor via your phone. The app is FREE to download, easy use, is super convenient and most importantly the photos you take of your moles are sent straight to a local specialist! So no more excuses for not getting them checkedErin Higgins
I want to encourage everyone to download a free app called Firstcheck… So affordable and easy and gives you peace of mind. I had a scare last year and now I am very particular about making sure we all keep a track of what is going on.Melinda
“I have a confession to make – I’ve always been a sun worshipper but I’ve never had my moles checked… It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for years, but I never have the time. So this app from Firstcheck is exactly what I need! The Firstcheck app offers a quick, convenient and low cost solution done from the comfort of your own home.”Sarah Lee
My Dad died at 56 from melanoma, so checking my skin and the skin of my wee family is super important to me. That huge mole on E’s neck has always been a reminder to lookout for new or changing spots. The Firstcheck app Dave’s using is easy, convenient and affordable. Free to download, it only costs $19.95 to have a skin cancer specialist – a REAL doctor – check your spot.
Do it guys because #earlydetectionsaveslives