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Housecall for Health: Skin Cancer Apps Unreliable

Technology has helped medicine, but not all high-tech options are worth investing in.  Experts are warning people to be wary of smartphone apps that claim they can help determine if you have skin cancer.

FOX’s Colleen Cappon reports in today’s “Housecall for Health”:

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When it comes to skin cancer detection, health experts say there’s no app for that.  Smartphone applications that claim to help determine whether a skin lesion is cancerous by reviewing a picture are inaccurate.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found, out of four apps tested, at least 30% of melanomas were classified as “unconcerning.”  App disclaimers say they should be used for educational purposes, not to diagnose skin cancer.

Housecall for Health, I’m Colleen Cappon, FOX News Radio.




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