Detect Skin Cancer with New iPhone App from Health Discovery, MelApp 1.0
Health Discovery Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company that uses patent protected advanced mathematical techniques for personalized medicine, has introduced an iPhone application that can potentially save your life.
MelApp is a free download from the Healthcare & Fitness category in the Apple App Store. What it basically does is assess the risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
Melanoma has been deemed the leading cause of death from skin disease.
The app is first and foremost designed to help users learn about melanoma.
Its second purpose is to help users identify areas on their skin which may need attention from a physician specializing in the diagnosis of melanoma.
“MelApp can assist in the early detection of melanoma with the goal of ultimately saving lives,” Health Discovery Corporation says.
Herbert A. Fritshe, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer for Health Discovery Corp. and retired Professor of Laboratory Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, said “This easy to use, inexpensive iPhone app is meant to raise the public awareness of melanoma and the need for its early detection.”
“MelApp has the ability to help consumers worldwide identify the risk of melanoma in skin lesions and seek appropriate medical care,” Fritshe said.
When discovered in its early stages, melanoma can be successfully removed and monitored by regular skin screenings, according to Health Discovery Corp.
Few treatment options exist and the median lifespan for patients with advanced melanoma is less than one year, according to the latest studies.
They also say that the incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980.
It’s not our place to say whether or not this is just to scare us and download the two dollar app from the App Store. For some, however, it’s a small price to pay to be at peace with oneself.
MelApp can help you learn about melanoma and identify areas of your skin, which may need the attention of your physician.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that can spread quickly and produce large malignant tumors in the brain, lung, liver, or other organs. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is therefore not surprising that cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma is the least common but the most deadly skin cancer, accounting for only about 4% of all cases but nearly 80% of skin cancer deaths.
The American Cancer Society estimates that currently nearly 70,000 new melanomas are diagnosed in the United States every year. The United States has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of melanoma cases over the past few decades, possibly due to increasing recreational sun exposure. Investigations have shown that the curability of skin cancer is nearly 100%, if it is recognized early enough and treated surgically. Performing regular self-examination could save your life.
Checking a mole or freckle is performed in two easy steps:
(1) Using MelApp, you take a picture of a mole or freckle, enlarging it with the zoom to fit into the green box,
(2) you then provide the mole size and its evolution and tap on "Check risk" to upload your image to our server.
In a matter of seconds, you get back your risk evaluation. Your pictures are collected in an album in which they can be sorted by date, label, or risk. Hence it is possible to take several pictures of the same mole and track evolution over time. You can also learn to self-assess your mole using the ABCDE feature system to evaluate your risk of melanoma.
This application is made available for educational purpose only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please refer to a physician if you have a skin condition that you are concerned about and/or believe requires attention.
· iOS 4.1 or later
· Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Download MelApp for iOS (Free)
Download MelApp 1.0 for New iPhone from Health Discovery