A Warning About Melanoma Detection Apps

The Dr. Oz Show on important information about the accuracy of melanoma detection apps.

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In 2012, The Dr. Oz Show featured a melanoma detection app during a segment on health apps called Mole Detective 2 as one way to self-evaluate if you should worry about your skin moles. Recent research into these kinds of apps found that they don’t always work as well as advertised in detecting which moles are harmless and which could be more dangerous skin cancer requiring a doctor's evaluation. As The Dr. Oz Show always suggests,  you should see your doctor who can refer you to a specialist if needed if you’re worried about moles or skin spotsThis new evidence makes that recommendation particularly important.

If you have any moles or persistent sunspots that you’ve never had checked, your primary care physician can refer you to a dermatologist who can make sure they aren’t concerning.