University of Michigan has created a new free iPhone app that lets you give yourself a skin cancer exam.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.
, 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.
Using the app is simple. Following its guide, you begin by taking a quiz to determine your risk level for skin cancer.
Then you take 23 photos of different parts of your undressed body under bright lights.
Then based on your risk level, you take the same photos every 30-90 days.
The photo document can help you track any potential lesions or moles.
The app also has detailed descriptions of melanoma and examples of common skin problems, to help users detect malignancies. It also includes advise on how to avoid skin cancerDownload free UMSkinCheck app for your iPhone