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Can your phone diagnose skin cancer?

By Lauren Groun sell freya Noble

By Lauren Grounsell and Freya Noble for Daily Mail Australia
Published: 23:43 GMT, 16 November 2015 | Updated: 00:10 GMT, 17 November 2015
Taking to Google to search medical symptoms is common practice, but it can leave people with more questions than answers.
A new app has taken the guesswork out of finding a diagnosis by providing a ‘risk rating’ for skin cancer that claims to be 83 per cent accurate.
The app SkinVision uses photos of a person’s moles taken on their smartphone to assess the risk of melanoma or skin cancer in a bid to increase early detection.
The app uses an algorithm to analysis the lesion based on fractal geometry.
The app provides a ‘risk rating’ and recommendation for the mole, with the photo and subsequent analysis to be shared with a person’s doctor.
SkinVision CEO Dick Uyttewaal said while the app was no substitute for seeing a medical professional it allowed users to keep track of their skin in between appointments.
‘Regularly checking moles or lesions can assist with early detection and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer,’ he said.
‘The app isn’t designed to replace a medical expert’s opinion, but instead, to provide a tool for analysing and tracking moles in between professional check-ups, and helping people prepare for medical appointments with their own personal image gallery.’
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, with the disease accounting for 80 per cent of all new cancer diagnosis’ each year.
The app allows users to detect potentially cancerous moles early on, increasing their chances of successful treatment.
New research from the Cancer Council has revealed half of adult sunburns are due to recreational activities that take place at the home such as gardening, reading, or chores around the house.
Picnics and barbecues are also sunburn hot-spots, with beach and pool days ranking lower on the list of danger zones.
Water activities are the cause of 29 per cent of adult sunburns, while sport an exercise accounts for 21 per cent.
Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair said he believed a lot of people would be ‘surprised’ by the results.
‘These ‘incidental’ sunburns are catching people out,’ he said.
‘After decades of sun protection messages targeting the bronzed Aussie, just 11 per cent of adults are actively trying to get a tan.’
Water activities are the cause of 29 per cent of adult sunburns, while sport an exercise accounts for 21 per cent.
Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair said he believed a lot of people would be ‘surprised’ by the results.
‘These ‘incidental’ sunburns are catching people out,’ he said.
‘After decades of sun protection messages targeting the bronzed Aussie, just 11 per cent of adults are actively trying to get a tan.’

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