Some skin cancer diagnosing apps are not so smart

01/22/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Two of four smartphone applications marketed as tools to raise awareness about skin cancer identified cancerous moles with about 70% accuracy and one had 6.8% accuracy, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The fourth app had an accuracy rate of 98.1% and relies on images forwarded to board-certified dermatologists for review. Trained dermatologists accurately identify melanomas on the first try about 90% of the time.

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