A Free iOS App Brings DIY Skin Cancer Diagnosis

A new iPhone app called UMSkinCheck lets users self diagnose skin cancer as long as they’re willing to take 23 nude photos of themselves (via The Atlantic). Developed by the University of Michigan, the app allows users to take photos of their skin, as a basis for comparison should suspicious moles or lesions be detected. The app also establishes a degree of clinical objectivity in the self-exam. The free app includes a risk-assessment survey, periodic reminders to check your body for any signs of cancer and examples of cancerous lesions so that you know what you’re looking for.

Below is the official iTunes description:

UMSkinCheck is intended for skin cancer self exam and surveillance that allows users to complete and store a full body photographic library, track detected moles/lesions, access informational videos and literature and fill out a melanoma risk calculator. 

A skin cancer self exam is used to identify suspicious moles or lesions that may be cancer or growths that may develop into skin cancer (precancers). Individuals who are at a high risk of skin cancer are encouraged to perform frequent skin self exams and to have full body photographic surveys taken by professional photographers. Using UMSkinCheck, patients will be able to complete a full skin cancer self exam and photo survey, track and create a history of moles and lesions and receive regular reminders to perform follow up self exams and check on lesions that are being tracked.

The app is available as a universal binary for iPhone and iPad at the following App Store link:

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