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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