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Smartphone apps might miss melanomas

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Published on Jan 16, 2013

According to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers published in JAMA Dermatology, smartphone applications that aim to analyze photographs of skin lesions for the likelihood of cancer gave results that were often inaccurate. Patients who rely on these apps and who receive inaccurate "benign" feedback for the image of a melanoma may put off doctor visits and potentially delay life-saving treatment.

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