July 20, 2012

Now An App To Detect Skin Cancer

It Tracks Skin Changes From 23 Nude Shots Of Self In 7 Different Poses

Scientists have developed a new free iPhone application which could help you to conduct a self exam to detect potential skin cancer. You have to fully expose yourself for results.

Developed by a team at the University of Michigan in the US, the new app, called UMSkinCheck, aims to make the already existing whole body photographic self diagnosis a bit simpler and chipper.

Instead of hiring photographer for full body shots, the app allows to take multiple shots of different body parts. In other words one has to take 23 nude photos in 7 different poses that will be stored on an app. As you cannot take all the photos self, you have to enlist a friend to help.

In addition to the full body surveys, the app includes many other useful tools, you can do a self exam where it guides you through checking parts of your body that are most likely to have exposure to sun, a lesion tracker, so you can notice if sunspots of your body have changed or become abnormal, and a risk calculator, which asks questions like your race and amount of freckles to determine your chance of developing melanoma.

There is also important information on sun damage and tips on how to stay safe. A characteristics of melanoma tab shows images of what potential skin cancer could look like, a sun safety tab has tips on how to preserve your skin while outside and a sunscreen tips tab has lots of info on what kind of sunscreen to use and when to use it. And there is also a helpful feature to links on learning more about skin cancer and preventing it. Background info within the app says that "studies have shown that total body photography can be an important tool in helping track skin changes that could indicate skin cancer".

The app has password protection setting, which, when enabled keeps your information and images private. You can also set up notification times for when you should do a self exam or check lesions



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