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New smartphone app can detect skin cancer at home

13th May 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

With doctors estimating that close to 4,000 early-stage melanomas went undiagnosed last year, a ground-breaking new smartphone app is helping to detect skin cancer with more than 95% accuracy at home.

Called SkinVision, the app uses artificial intelligence as well as the user’s smartphone camera to compare their skin spots with millions of images of known skin cancers to provide a risk score within 30 seconds. Within 24 hours, all results are reviewed by a clinician before users who received a high-risk score are further encouraged to contact their local healthcare professional for the next treatment steps.

Aston spoke to Diane Cannon, Melanoma UK’s partnership director to discuss the new app in further detail.