Can Your Smartphone Prevent Skin Cancer?

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The future has arrived, and it comes in the form of an app called DermaCompare. Skin cancer commonly starts from suspicious or changing moles on your body. The best case skin cancer scenario is finding the problem areas in their early stages. Now, DermaCompare is empowering people to take their health into their own hands, and possibly prevent skin cancer.

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The app was developed in Israel and was inspired by Founder Lior Wayn’s family and a failed skin cancer diagnosis. Reminiscing about his army experience, he said in a television interview that he used defense technology and aerial photos to track enemies – and he uses the same ideas to track enemy moles. The technology is similar to what is being utilized in the air force. The app guides the individual to take photos, and uses image processing, big data and crowdsourcing comparisons to find trends and patterns that alerts you if the mole may be dangerous.

The app is not a replacement for a doctor, but supports medical professionals. It cannot diagnose skin cancer – it can only check its comparable data to determine if your skin may need a second opinion. It’s also a great base for those who may hesitate to visit the doctor, and provides a simple and free way to keep track of your skin changes and your overall health.

DermaCompare can be downloaded for free in the app store.

Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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