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iPhone App Checks For Skin Cancer

iPhone App Checks For Skin Cancer

A new app for iPhone and iPad, allows users to monitor their skin for early signs of skin cancer…

A free new app for iPhone and iPad which screens the body for sign of skin cancer, could help millions of people each year diagnose the disease whilst still in it’s early stages.

The free app, called UMSkinCheck, uses a series of 23 photos that cover the entire body, to create a baseline for the comparison of future photos.

The app, developed at the University of Michigan, guides the user on how to take the pictures. Built-in reminders then prompt them to perform regular self-check ups. UMSkinCheck also includes a risk calculator that helps users determine their individual risk.

iphone app umskinscheck skin cancer iPhone App Checks For Skin Cancer

UMSkinCheck iPhone App Screens For Skin Cancer

Michael Sabel, lead physician in app development and associate professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, said in a school news release:

“Whole body photography is a well-established resource for following patients at risk for melanoma…

“However, it requires a professional photographer, is not always covered by insurance, and can be an inconvenience. Now that many people have digital cameras on their phones, it’s more feasible to do this at home.”

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation around 2 million American’s are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year, and one in five American’s are expected to develop the disease at some point during their lives.

Since regular skin checks are one of the most effective diagnostic methods, the new app could potentially help thousands of people catch skin cancer before it’s too late.


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  1. Elizabeth Armstrong: Screen yourself for skin cancer with this free iOS app. Cnet, 07/12/2012.

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