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Study Finds Skin Cancer Apps Aren't Reliable
We are in the age of technology, and it makes our lives easier every day. So many great apps out there that keep us on time, in fashion, and ahead of the curve, not to mention highly entertained. But what about the medically-focused ones, like those that promise to save you a trip to the dermatologist by assessing the probably of melanoma of your moles? Sounds great in theory, right? Well, theory can only take us so far.
Our friends at Allure gives us the cautionary details on skin cancer apps, recapping studies that show they can do more harm than good:
“In a new study published on the website of the journal JAMA Dermatology, the results from four apps designed to assess melanoma risk were found to be disappointing. According to the study's authors, three of those apps tested ‘misclassified 30 percent or more of melanomas as benign.’”
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