A new free app developed at the University of Michigan allows users to use their phone’s camera to detect early signs of skin cancer. UMSkinCheck guides users through a series of 23 photos to take of their body parts as a basis for comparison should cancerous moles or lesions appear.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 2 million new diagnoses of skin cancer in the Unites States this year and 76,250 cases of melanoma, skin cancer’s most dangerous form.
Skin cancer manifests itself visibly on the skin and regular checks can help people discover skin cancer in its earliest stages. The mobile app includes a risk assessment survey, periodic reminders to check your body for any signs of skin cancer and pictures of cancerous lesions to make early detection easier.
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