Mole Test App Withdrawn
Mole Test App Denied
An app called “Mole Detective” which claimed to detect worrying moles and freckles has been withdrawn in the UK following concerns that the results could be misleading.
The app allowed people to upload a photo of their moles so that the app could calculate a “risk factor” on whether it needed medical investigation.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington claims the app was “deceptively” marketed by claiming accurately to analyse a cancer risk without having supporting scientific evidence and is seeking potentially hefty fines. The British company behind the app and its owner, Mr Lasarow, are now being pursued in the American courts.
However, in his defence, Mr Lasarow said he had bought the app from its American developer in good faith and questioned whether regulators were up to speed with consumer trends, saying that the app was for educational purposes and not designed to replace a doctor visit.
In Britain, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warned that it was looking into apps which may cause harm and asked patients to report any concerns. The agency requires all medical devices, including apps, to carry a “CE” certification meeting European standards.
However, the use of fitness apps has become widespread, with 20% of the population now using a health or fitness-related app.
The NHS has now launched a library of approved health apps to encourage and facilitate a healthier lifestyle.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer top to toe mole checks as part of their mole removal service in London and Bristol.
A spokesperson for the Company said:
Really common sense says that a mole check in person with an experienced skin doctor or surgeon is the best way to have a mole diagnosed.
It is too important to risk missing a problem that, if untreated, could develop and worsen.
Cosmedics’ doctors remove literally thousands of unwanted moles for cosmetic reasons, giving patients peace of mind.
Cosmedics’ team of doctors offer private mole removal for cosmetic moles and include full histology (testing) as a matter of protocol. As well as surgical mole removal, the doctors also offer the latest laser mole removal methods which are popular with smaller lesions.
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