Another melanoma detection app
Just heard of yet another mobile phone based app for early detection of skin cancer. This one depends on sending an image of suspicious moles to a trained dermatologist.
I have heard of something similar being trialed in Britain.
One issue with apps like this is the whole skin isn’t evaluated, another is that an on line dermatologist is likely to be very anxious about saying ‘Yeah, nothing to worry about’ (and risk getting sued if it works out bad) on the basis of an imperfectly focused or badly lit image, so will say ‘better come along to make sure’.
I’m not against this sort of thing, but it seems to me to just say that our regular health care professionals aren’t well enough trained. If we find a suspicious, new or changing mole, we ought to be able to have easy access to a Primary Care clinician who can adequately triage the mole or spot as harmless or suspicious, and then quickly move the suspicious on to a specialist..
This ought to be routine, then we wouldn’t need short cuts and technological gimmicks.