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Dr Ross Perry features as an expert blog author on Consulting Room, a top industry website providing information and advice on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic and beauty treatments.
His latest article debates the merits and potential dangers of mole diagnosis apps.
Do not rely on mole diagnosis Apps
Your skin is too important!
There are now a number of apps dedicated to looking at skin moles which are designed to assess a mole on the basis of a photograph. The appeal for patients is that this offers a very fast and convenient screening which can be carried out in the privacy of their own home with minimum hassle. What’s more, the release of these apps has been very helpful in gaining media coverage, further raising awareness of the importance of regular mole checks.
However, concerns have been raised about the accuracy of diagnosis; the danger of which is that a false diagnosis could lull clients into a false sense of security – or cause undue concern.
Fundamentally, common sense says that a smartphone app cannot replace a face to face consultation. During a consultation, doctors and surgeons don’t only examine the mole, but also discuss with the patient any concerns they might have. Things like the rate of growth, any changes, discharge or even ‘having a hunch that it’s odd’ are important but are not included in the app-based assessments. The dialogue is an important part of the process.
Read the full article Do not rely on mole diagnosis Apps – Your skin is too important!
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