Skin Cancer Phone App
Would you trust a smartphone app to spot your melanoma? Apps do about everything fairly well, so why wouldn’t you?
The Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology reports that 3 out of the 4 apps designed to detect melanoma fail miserably when put to the test. The three that failed were all based on automatic algorithms. The best score among of these types of apps misidentified a startling 30 percent of melanoma as benign lesions. One program found only 7 percent of confirmed images of melanoma to be rated as “suspicious.” The only app to score well sent the image to a board certified dermatologist who evaluated the image. (No, it was not me and I do not know this individual).
Dry, Winter Skin
In case you haven’t noticed, it is wintertime in the north state. And along with all the holiday joy comes dry skin and painfully itchy rashes.