Apps can help you detect and track skin cancer, but are they safe?

Source: News Daily, June 2019

Australians are increasingly turning to their phones to keep an eye on suspicious skin spots, new research has shown – but medical experts have warned it’s not as foolproof as it sounds.

Skin cancer apps for smartphones have been around for about five years, and claim to let users do anything from simply tracking lesion changes to going as far as providing diagnoses.

Research released this week from the Melanoma Institute Australia at the University of Sydney showed more and more melanoma patients were embracing the apps as part of their healthcare plans.

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