Having had a cancer scare last year I know only too well how important it is to get the right diagnoses as fast as possible, because we know every moment counts when it comes to beating the disease. Technology has come a long way in a short amount of time and there are many new facilities in order to help detect cancer, but can using a smartphone app be one of them?
Well according to a recent study it seems as though the smartphone is not that well at detecting cancer as we were first led to believe. In the study performed by the University of Pittsburgh four smartphone applications were used to assess melanoma risk and three of them classified 30 percent of them incorrectly, which is very concerning when it comes to dealing with something that can risk a persons life.
Because timing is key here the research concluded that using an app that can often lead to incorrect results can have a harmful effect on the user and would never be able to substitute a medical consultation, which comes as no real surprise to us.
Those of you who do not know, the user can use their smartphone and app to take an image of a mole that you feel looks suspicious, the picture is then sent to a physician who for a fee will assess the mole. As you would imagine there is a process to go through here and can often lead to a delay, as well as the fact that lighting and other factors could cause a photo to look far different to the actual thing that you was taking an image of.
Would you ever risk using such an app when dealing with something as serious as cancer? Personally speaking I would not, then again some people never bother with a mole and if there is a chance that just a small percentage of people can get a diagnosis without seeing a physician then we guess there will be people willing to take that risk.