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I wonder why $0.99 Skin Cancer diagnosis isn’t reliable?

Stuff reports on a warning for people using an App to self-diagnose cancer:

Smartphone apps designed to detect skin cancer have been shown to be unreliable and could fool people into thinking a cancerous mole is benign, says new research published today.

And the Chicago researchers who tested the apps said people should not rely on them.

I would have thought common sense would have been sufficient here.

They needed research to figure this out?

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study, published in Online First, found that three out of four of the apps said 30 per cent of cancerous skin lesions were of no concern.

Researchers used 60 images of melanomas and 128 benign skin lesions to test four different apps. ? Read more »