Skin Cancer: There’s an App for That?

by: cancercompass

Do you have a suspicious mole that looks like it might be growing and shifting but you’re not quite sure? Well, now there’s an app for that – a free one to boot. Want to keep track of every blemish on your skin and figure out when you should head to a dermatologist? You guessed it, there is an app for that, too.

The University of Michigan is now offering UMSKinCheck, a free mobile app that is intended for skin cancer self-exam and surveillance. According to the company website, the app “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.”

Features include:

•    Guidance on performing a skin cancer self-exam and full body photographic survey

•    Tracking detected skin lesions and moles for changes over time.

•    Notifications/reminders to perform self-exams on a routine basis.

•    Storage of photos for baseline comparisons during routine follow-up self-exams.

•    Informational videos and literature on skin cancer prevention, healthy skin as well as a skin cancer risk calculator function.

I think this app is a brilliant idea! I wanted to give it a try, but unfortunately it only appears to be available for iPhones, and I am a proud Android user.

While the idea behind the app is creative and could help save someone’s life, there are many ways to keep track of your skin without the app, and if you are at risk for melanoma or other skin cancers (fair skin, family history, older age) regular visits to the dermatologist are still important, even if you don’t see anything with your app that is a cause for alarm. 

What will they think of next?