There’s an app for that…and it could save your life 90



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As is the saying nowadays, “there’s an app for that”, a Dutch development team has created an app that can detect cancerous moles with 90 per cent accuracy.

SkinVision is an app that can monitor and identify signs of skin cancer and, unlike other similar apps, it could be the most scientifically accurate.


A user simply needs to take a photo of their mole or suspicious spot and SkinVision will scan its database of 4,000 images using an algorithm to assess the spot’s risk.

Although it shouldn’t replace legitimate medical advice, it could be useful in between visits to the skin doctor, or at the very least, bring awareness to the importance of being properly checked out for skin cancer.

We lead the world in skin cancer diagnosis, with 50 per cent of us having at least one by the time we are 70. Apps such as SkinVision may become so accurate that, with more testing, could eliminate the need to visit a doctor, meaning better access to health care in areas where we need it most, i.e. rural and indigenous communities.

The algorithm was developed by a team of board-certified dermatologists, including Kostas Konstantinos and Cristina Cotruță, mathematicians and image analysis experts.

Have you or someone close to you been told you have skin cancer? Would you use this technology? How would it change your life? Tell us below.

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  1. Yes I used this approx. One month ago. Went and had skin test done. Result had one skin cancer on my back which has now been removed successfully. Everyone should be aware of this easy basic test.

  2. yes BUT. your always better going to your GP and getting a referral to a dermatologist. I have just has 6 basil cell skin cancers removed and all were malignant, I have 2 more to go, I will them biopsied on the 17th, then they will remove them. I have had one family member die of skin cancer, he had it on his lip and it spread inside his mouth, another cousin lost half of his tongue with skin cancer that spread. Never neglect your skin..get checked regularly

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  3. My dad died from melanoma and I have the same skin type as he did, so this app is wonderful news, but as everyone else here has said, seek medical advice urgently if you notice any change in your moles or skin.

  4. I have had 12 melanomas,10 level 3 malignancy,2 level 2 malignancy,dozens of BCC’s cut out,hundreds of burn offs.No I wouldnt use the app,

  5. Yes! I’m fairskinned in a sunny country. Any app that will alert you to a change is valuable. The earlier it is detected, the sooner it can be treated by the medical specialists. Delay can be fatal! I have already had about 10 moles removed and several skin cancers on my face. I’d buy the app.

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