Every year over 11,400 skin cancers will be diagnosed as a new melanoma and over 750,000 cases of diagnosed non-melanoma skin-cancers. The statistics are high in Australia and it’s these figures that prompted the development of a new app called SkinVision which provides a risk rating for skin cancer on an individual through the use of their mobile phone.
The new app claims to be 83 per cent accurate and assists with the early detection of melanoma or skin cancer on an individual.
The app analyses a photo of a mole and uses an algorithim to analyise the lesion based on fractal geometry.
A risk rating and recommendation for the mole along with the photo and analysis are to be shared with the individual’s doctor for analysis and treatment.
Dick Uyttewaal, CEO of SkinVision, explained the app was not to be used to replaced doctor visits. The app is simply to keep a track of existing moles to track any change. It’s a way to keep on top of any skin changed between doctor’s visits.
‘Regularly checking moles or lesions can assist with early detection and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer,’ he said.
‘The app isn’t designed to replace a medical expert’s opinion, but instead, to provide a tool for analysing and tracking moles in between professional check-ups, and helping people prepare for medical appointments with their own personal image gallery.’
Skin cancer is accounting for 80% of new cancer diagnosis’ each year, with two in three Aussies being diagnosed with skin cancer before they are 70.
The app has come at a time when people need to be vigilant about checking their skin. The use of the app can potentially detect cancerous moles early and start successful treatment.
Cancer Council has revealed that half of adult sunburns are caused from doing recreational activities at home as one is less likely to put sunscreen on when going out to garden or read outside.
Beach and pool days rank lower on the list of dangers because most people practice sun safety when intentionally being outside.
Sadly these incidental burns and catching people out and between 95 to 99 per cent of skin cancer is due to sun exposure.
Ways to keep skin protected all year round is to apply sunscreen daily as a morning ritual and when doing recreational activities at home, wear a hat when out and about and sun safe protective clothing can assist in protecting your skin this summer.
As this week is Cancer Council’s National Skin Cancer Week (from November 15-21, SkinVision is offering Australian’s a free year’s subscription to the app if downloaded during Cancer Week. The cost of the app is $38.