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New Dots on Your Wrist? Mole Mapping App Can Detect Skin Cancer

Update Date: Oct 30, 2015 11:18 AM EDT

In today's world, there is an app for almost everything. A phenomenal app that has paved its way to fame in the medical landscape is the Mole Mapper. This incredible app helps detect early signs of possible skin cancer, by mapping and monitoring the moles on your skin, reports the Essence.

The app uses the camera on your iphone in selfie mode to pretty much take selfies of the moles. The images can then be shared with your doctor for further examination. By monitoring your skin in a timely fashion and mapping the mole zones, you can show your doctor any newly erupted cluster of moles or how certain moles have grown with time, reports Popular Science.

"Being vigilant about your moles - the size, shape, color, and patterns-is the best way to catch melanoma when it's most treatable and a cure is likely," said Sancy Leachman, MD, Ph.D., director of the melanoma research program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, as reported by Popular Science.

Typically, regular skin checks had to be carried out in order to chart your moles, but now with this app, the same can be performed from the comforts of your home. According to Popular Science, the Mole Mapper app enables skin checkups to be performed easily and potentially more reliable too!

Further, according to Essence, the Mole Mapper was developed by a PhD cancer biologist and can be used to detect changes and be alerted of potential indication of malignancy. However, this app should not by any means replace professional medical advice and should be considered as a skin cancer indicator.

A video of the Mole Mapper can be accessed here. The app is absolutely free of any costs and can be downloaded on to your iPhone from iTunes,

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