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Skin Cancer Detection

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WARNING !!!!!  The device I am about to describe the construction of is NOT of medical grade NOR should it be used to make absolute determination of any condition whatsoever.  Trained use in detection, and what one is actually looking at is also necessary to make a DIAGNOSIS, so this device should not be used to diagnose.  

BTW:  this item is a homemade version of a device used by my dermatologist to do an exam on me.

The device  is to be used to  merely  help provide a possible prewarning of a condition that should be checked out by a doctor.
Skin cancers are SERIOUS business. It is modeled after the polarized light device my dermatologist used to examine my skin lesions.   Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it is the entire body's first strike defense and  protection against all types of invaders.  

With this in mind, the following device "could" possibly help one discover that one may have a precancerous or cancerous condition that is completely treatable, if taken to the doctors right away.   It is NOT meant to bring about panic of any sort;  The instructions here however could help you get that early treatment needed to safely remove the carcinoma (precancerous cells as in basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma).  

 
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Step 1: Parts and warnings...

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*****WARNING*****  When gluing on the lens(es) do NOT use any glue that gives off strong fumes while curing.  

I ruined a pair of polarized lenses by gluing them with Super Glue.   The fumes clouded and otherwise ruined the lenses. A small dab of Gorilla Glue works great.

Needed:

One polarized lens;  two if you want to fiddle with different "grades" of polarization
a piece of plastic pipe fitting that will house the lens
one micro-pushbutton switch (push on, momentary contact)
a tightly fitting rubber "grip"
some fumeless glue
a BRIGHT or SUPER BRIGHT LED
some wire,
pieces of copper
two coin batteries
a bit of compressed cardboard, etc.
rimar20002 years ago
Very interesting.

Those polarized filters, where can you get them? Are they the same type of car's windows? Some grade in particular?
not 100% sure they'd work the same, but...

Go see a RealD 3D movie.
Bust apart the glasses when you're done.
Use the lenses.

Goodhart (author)  ironsmiter2 years ago
IIRC 3-d glasses have a red lens and a blue one, unless they've changed since the last time I went (years ago) ?

Of course, a pair of polaroid sunglasses will work too, but who wants to bust up their sunglasses :-)  
yes. red/blue 3d glasses are "old school" now.
Even home theater equipment is going polarizers now.
the 3D tv's use ACTIVE polarizers though, so cost quite a bit more.

RealD 3d uses circular polarizers.
IMAX 3d uses linear passive polarizers.
Goodhart (author)  ironsmiter2 years ago
The screen in (front?) of the newer flat screen monitors have a polarized filter on them IIRC
Goodhart (author)  rimar20002 years ago
It has been awhile, so I am not exactly sure: either American Science and Surplus, or Electronic Goldmine or AllElectronics, or some simillar misc electronics and junk catelog. Sorry I can't be more specific...I am looking for more myself :-)
ChrysN2 years ago
Cool device, I should make on for myself. Where is a good place to get a polarized lens?
Goodhart (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
I can't remember if I got mine from American Science and Surplus
or  if they were at Electronic Goldmine, or AllElectronics, or just where I got them. It was over a year ago, and I can't seem to find them anywhere except in the kit form at AS&S.  Someone should carry them though (without having to buy a pair of sunglasses and cut them up :-)  
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart2 years ago
BTW: Thank you :-)
iceng2 years ago
I like the concept and device you built.
People need to take early interest in their health.
A tool that obliterates the fear of knowing would also be handy :-)

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Goodhart (author)  iceng2 years ago
Yes, eliminating being afraid to find out would go a long way towards eliminating many problems later on in line, for sure. Thank you btw, although this is not something I conceived exactly, I just copied the idea and made a "home device".

My dermatologist used a very similar device to look at all the marks on my skin to determine if things look benign or precancerous.
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart2 years ago
PS: my red hair and fair skin make this device very valuable to me :-) I have already had a few carcinomas removed....and I don't want ANY MORE of them getting to the size of the first one they took off, before someone sees it. Cut off a swatch of skin the size of the inside of my wife's palm.....hurt for weeks.