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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:33am
Using your smartphone to diagnose melanoma is not so smart according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied four apps designed to analyze pictures of suspicious skin marks and provide a diagnosis.
They found 3 out of 4 of the apps incorrectly diagnosed a third of melanomas as "unconcerning."
The researchers are worried users may rely on these tools rather than seek the advice of a dermatologist.
This could lead to delayed treatment.