The increasing risk of melanoma is well known. It is also well known that early excision of the Melanoma saves lives. New moles or change in existing moles are some of the more important alert signs. Change the size, color, margins, symmetry or itching or bleeding are suspicious events that require a doctor to diagnose and remove these skin lesions.
Till now it was very difficult to track all the moles on our bodies and remember them. A few new iphone applications assit us in sorting and keeping track of a large amount of suspicious moles.
The first new application for the iPhone called Skin Scanner ™.
The application that costs only 99 cents allows us to mark the location of the skin lesion on a body illustartion and photograph it. The application automatically adds the date and allows comparison of the photograph taken now with another photograph of the same lesion we will take in the future.
The application includes a warning system to remind us to take a follow up picture , and an easy option to send the photo directly by email to our doctor. You can also use it to track moles in a number of people simultaneously.
A second application helps to diagnose the risk of our moles.
This app called MelApp ™ , uses a mathematical algorithm and the ABCDE method to help us identify suspicious moles. The application costs $ 1.99.
This application works in two ways.
Manual method in which we photograph the assessment and define the risk factors for ourselves:
Asymmetry – Does the right side of the same mole similar to the left half ?
Is the top half similar to the bottom half ?
Margins – Are the margins round, smooth or jagged?
Color – Is the color is very dark (black?), Are there a number of different colors the mole? (Light brown – dark brown – white – pink)?
Diameter – is the mole diameter larger of 5 mm?
No change = the mole is present for many years and has grown slowly with the body.
Change is slow = mole that appeared several years ago and has grown slowly.
Rapid change = mole that changes rapidly in recent months.
In this method we need to manually assess only the diameter of the mole and the speed of change.
These data together with photograph of the mole are sent over the Internet to the server of the company where they are compared with a computerized database and an automatic assessment is performed and sent to us .
Although both applications do not replace a doctor’s examination of skin they are interesting and important tools that can enhance our ability to monitor worrisome moles. The two applications complement each other. The first allows to record the exact picture of the mole , in a certain date and keep track of its form. The second helps us evaluate the risk and the need to be tested.
In conclusion – high value for a low price . Highly recommended ….
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