App Happy: Diagnose Suspicious Moles With Your Smartphone

Have that mole looked at without ever leaving your couch. (Photo: Skin of Mine)
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The line to see a dermatologist has just shortened dramatically—down to the time it takes for you to snap a photograph of that suspicious-looking mole with your iPhone and wait 24 hours for the diagnosis from a licensed physician.

Skin of Mine, an automated app from Medical Image Mining Labs, lets you monitor the symmetry, border, and color regularity of your body’s bumps, moles, and lesions.

Unveiled in late May, the $2.99 iTunes app also helps you examine other skin conditions, like acne and wrinkles, and even the whiteness of your teeth.

For an additional average fee of $50, users in six states, including New York, California, and Nebraska, can request the app to have physicians examine the uploaded images. A doctor (or nurse) will review the submission, reply within 24 hours, and, if need be, write a prescription for medication.

According to the Pursuitist, the app is looking to expand its coverage to all 50 U.S. states.

Those of us at TakePart headquarters aren't licensed medical practictioners, but we did sleep at the Common Sense hotel last night. As such, a bit of advice: a diagnosis of an oft-colored mole based on a photograph (even a high-quality one) should probably be confirmed by the naked eye. So do yourself a solid and make an appointment to see a living dermatologist—if only to get a second opinion from Skin of Mine's virtual house call.

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