An iPhone App That’s Medically Beneficial?

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Skin Scan, an iPhone app that claims to be able to check your moles for cancer, has received ?50,000 in funding from Seedmoney to develop their software. The app uses an algorithm to assess the development of a mole, as photographed on your phone, based on what TechCrunch calls “the fractal-like shapes which exist in human skin.” The app does not tell you whether you have cancer, but it will suggest whether you should have your doctor check out your new mole. Skin Scan also tracks the locations of its users and updates a map with the data, which could eventually give us an idea of what skin cancer looks like mapped on a global scale.