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fRomance

USA
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Posted - 05/11/2021 :  05:16:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone. I have an appointment with my GP to check some new moles. Out of curiosity, I downloaded a skin tacking app that claims to detect skin cancer. After many different angles and lighting these are coming up between 70percent and 99percent risk of skin cancer. Has anyone else used these apps and how accurate are they?

radiourban

USA
31 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2021 :  00:54:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi fromance,

I've dealt with (and still do deal with) my fair share of mole scares. I fear I always will. It's quite anxiety-provoking but I wouldn't rely on these apps. I can't speak to their success rate, but I've used them a bit and while I'm sure some ARE accurate, there are times where I know they were not. Also even if it is a melanoma, they aren't going to be able to detect which stage, if at all. There are so many variations. I would delete the app, but find something to keep track of photos of your moles. I believe there are ways to get professional photos of these if you were ever interested, I've had quite a few doctors insist this would be a good idea and I'll consider it down the road.
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fRomance

USA
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Posted - 05/24/2021 :  05:19:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reply. I'm 30 next week and have never really considered this at my age. The mole is new but wouldn't be symmetrical either so will have it checked out. It's a strange feeling, I've been fairly confident in myself over the last number of years, but this has brought teenage anxiety right back
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