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Smartphone apps for skin cancer: How accurate are they?

Smartphone applications that say they can help determine whether or not a skin lesion is cancerous by reviewing a picture are often inaccurate, a new study reports.

Three out of four applications tested in the study misclassified at least 30 percent of melanomas as “unconcerning,” the researchers said.

Just one application, which sent user images to an actual doctor for review, was highly accurate, correctly diagnosing 98 percent of melanomas.

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Dermatologist: Why sunscreen alone is inadequate protection

Sunscreen protects the wearer against some but not all harmful ultraviolet rays and is only one weapon in the sun-protection arsenal, dermatologist Mary Martini says. Sun-protective clothing, avoiding sun exposure from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and staying out of tanning beds also help lower the risk for skin cancer. Early detection of skin cancer is critical to favorable outcomes, and patients with a changing or new mole or a persistent, bleeding growth should see a dermatologist, and anyone with more than 50 moles should seek regular dermatologic care, Martini says.