Identifying Melanoma with an App
November 17, 2015 –
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.1 Therefore, 20% of the clients that you see will encounter skin cancer at some point in their life. Imagine if you had the tool to allow them to detect it early and potentially save their lives.
Estheticians are in this business because they truly care about their client’s skin and what better way to care for it than to prevent its degradation. Sure, the ABCDEs of melanoma are invaluable knowledge that can help you detect something odd on a client’s (or your own) skin and refer them to a dermatologist, but what if you had an app to back you up with a 73% accuracy with only a picture?
Researchers from the University of Bucharest have developed an app called SkinVision, which uses fractal geometry as part of its algorithm to detect unnatural tissue growth in photos submitted. After assessing the photo, the app provides a risk rating and recommendation to potentially be shared with an individual’s doctor.