A study published several years ago in JAMA Dermatology, analyzed four apps claiming to detect skin cancer. Three apps incorrectly categorized a large number of skin lesions, while only one app was found to be the most accurate. However, this app also missed almost 30% of melanomas, diagnosing them as low-risk lesions.
The results of the study confirmed the concerns that many healthcare professionals have, showing that skin cancer apps should not be relied on for cancer detection. However, these apps also shown potential benefit by raising awareness among the general public and encouraging patients to perform frequent self-exams and visit a dermatologist for further assessment.
There are numerous apps that claim to be able to detect skin cancer. Here, we listed some of them that may be worth taking a look at.
Keep in mind that none of these apps can provide you with accurate diagnosis or substitute visit to your physician or dermatologist.
If you've noticed suspicious mole, mark, spot or growth on your skin, don't rely on mobile app to tell you what it may be. Schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist ASAP! Early detection and diagnosis of melanoma is crucial for a positive outcome.
This app dubbed itself as melanoma and skin cancer detection app. It is available for iPhone and Android devices, allowing users to take photos of their moles and other changes on their skin, and have them analyzed for skin cancer risk.
SkinVision app also enables users to save these photos and compare them over time. Users can share these photos with their doctor in order to get better advice regarding their skin health.
The app provides assessment of skin type, as well as risk profile helping users understand their risk and get personalized advice about their skin.
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Skin Cancer App - MySkinPal
Skin Cancer App – MySkinPal works in similar way. Users take photos of your moles and app stores them on their device. The app however, introduces Playback feature that allow users to 'playback' their photos, which helps them see how moles are evolving over time.
The app also features color filters that users can add to their photos in order to identify malignant patterns.
Skin Cancer App – MySkinPal includes reminders that send notifications to users if they didn't scan their moles in a while. The app also allows users to share their history with their dermatologists, and it supports multiple users.
Skin self exam is suggested as an efficient way to identify suspicious moles or lesions that may be cancer or growths that may develop into skin cancer, especially to individuals who are at a high risk of skin cancer. Another way is having full body photographic surveys taken by professional photographers. UMSkinCheck app developed at the University of Michigan allows iPhone users to complete a full skin cancer self exam and photo survey.
Users can utilize this app to create and track a history of moles and lesions and receive regular reminders to perform follow up self exams, or to check on moles that are being tracked.
UMSkinCheck app also contains informational videos and literature, as well as melanoma risk calculator that app users can fill out.
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MoleScope App is another tracker app that helps you monitor your moles, lesions and skin changes over time. It features 3D body map to help users indentify suspicious moles on their bodies they can track using this app, standalone or connected to MoleScope dermoscopy device.
The app allows users to archive images and store their records on secure cloud, and to be reminded about checkups and follow-ups. The app also features ABCD of Melanoma which comprises of educational images used for skin analysis.
Patients can use MoleScope app to tele-consult with experts and specialists, which are board certified.
Also, the app isn't just for patients. Medical professionals can use it as well, particularly DermEngine, which is, according to its creators, the world's most advanced skin analytics system.
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm App
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm app isn't intended to help patients, but medical professionals, particularly dermatologists, who can use this app to interpret the dermoscopic patterns seen with their dermatoscope.
The app is based on the 2 step algorithm helping providers determine whether the lesion is a melanocytic or not. This approach increases the ability to detect skin cancers with greater accuracy, thus decreasing unnecessary biopsies, or missing early melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm app contains over 80 photos and charts to help providers make the diagnosis, as well as 50 interactive cases to solve.
FotoSkin is another app that utilizes phone camera helping users track all spots and moles on their skin, with the goal to prevent and early diagnose skin cancer.
The patients using this app can share these photos with their dermatologists and other healthcare professionals, or show them in person during their regular visits, which would help them evaluate the risk and set the accurate diagnosis.
FotoSkin app also provides comprehensive medical information about various skin conditions and pathologies, as well as tests and tips for a better protection of your skin aiming to prevent skin cancer.
FotoSkin app is made for patients and their family members who require a constant follow-up and control regarding their skin marks or moles. However, it could be very useful tool for dermatologists and other healthcare professionals as well, helping them recognize suspicious moles, make an early diagnosis of skin cancer, and educate patients on how to prevent solar damage and skin cancer.
MiiSkin app is a personal skin tracking app that is available for Android users. Just like in other similar apps, they can use their phones to take photos of their moles or any suspicious skin growths and changes and log their location on the body with the MiiSkin app.
This app includes reminders for users when it's time to take a new photo, as well as videos providing more information about melanoma and skin cancer.
MiiSkin app is a user-friendly way of tracking and monitoring changes in moles and your skin.
Another app exclusively available only to Android users is Molexplore. This app is aimed to help in the early detection of skin cancer, by allowing its users to keep track of all skin changes in a simple but accurate way.
App allows users to periodically carry out a photographic record, which locates skin spots on a body map, and share it with their dermatologist or other specialist during their checkups for the evaluation and the diagnosis.
Molexplore Skin Cancer app provides a lot of valuable information and news about different skin conditions, as well as tips for better skin protection and prevention of skin cancer.
This app also goes one step further by utilizing your device's location settings to provide an approximation of the UV index in your place in real time, as well as the forecast of the UV index, temperature and humidity of your area.
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