Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System has developed
an app that allows users to screen for skin cancer by using their
mobile phones. The app, UMSkinCheck, provides a step-by-step guide where
the user has to take a series of 23 photos from different parts of the
body. These photos provide a baseline for future comparisons where the
user can monitor changes to a skin lesion over time.
Sabel, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School,
was the lead physician involved in developing the app. He explained
Whole body photography is a well-established
resource for following patients at risk for melanoma. However, it
requires a professional photographer, is not always covered by
insurance, and can be an inconvenience. Now that many people have
digital cameras on their phones, it’s more feasible to do this at home.
app also includes a risk calculator that allows users to input their
personal data and calculate if they’re at risk of developing skin
cancer. The UMSkinCheck app is compatible with the iPhone and iPad, and
is available for free on the iTunes store.