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Hats off to the University of Heidelberg

The University of Heidelberg has published a paper in the Annals of Oncology that demonstrates the important role that artificial intelligence (AI) can play in melanoma detection. At Skin Analytics this is something that we have believed for a long time. This paper is another example of high quality research that backs us up.

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16 Questions… A Lifesaver?

QIMR Berghofer has released an online test that helps to identify whether you are at a high risk of developing melanoma within the next 3 and a half years.A quiz may not take the place of regular skin check-ups, but it can help you find out how at risk you really are. As they say, being forewarned is being forearmed. Knowing you are in a high risk group can help motivate you to actually make that appointment to see a doctor. And with melanoma that extra time may be critical.

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About Melanoma

The Skin Analytics team explain why melanoma is so dangerous in the context of the three main types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma – a type of non-melanoma skin cancer, often appearing as a sore or shiny bump.
Squamous cell carcinoma – also a non-melanoma skin cancer, looks like a sore or wart that won’t heal.
Malignant melanoma – starts as a changing mole, and can spread very fast.

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AI Standards for Healthcare

Good clinical evidence is the lifeblood of evidence based medicine and there is simply no way around it. Services that go around the medical community should be closely scrutinised by the regulatory authorities to ensure adequate evidence exists. Dispelling the myth that all AI is updating itself in unknown ways is important and defining the release of improved versions of any solution is a core part of any well designed software process.

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The importance of knowing your own skin

Knowing your own skin and that of your family can help you to identify melanoma earlier. Melanoma is a rare disease that can be identified by the changing of your existing moles, or the appearance of new ones. Earlier identification helps boost survival rates.

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When To Worry About A Mole

What do moles look like? Moles can range in colour. They are generally medium to dark brown but can also be skin-coloured or black. The majority of moles are flat, relatively even in colour and regular in shape. Some moles are raised and these are usually soft to...

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How To Tell A Melanoma From A Scary Mole

Telling whether an odd looking mole is a melanoma is a real challenge. In fact, the only sure way to know is with a biopsy. But, before you get them all cut out, there are signs and symptoms that can help you and your doctor to make the right decision. According to...

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Ugly Ducklings Aren’t Just In Fairytales

When assessing the risk of a mole, we all know the traditional ABCDE’s (check out the American Academy of Dermatologists here if you don’t). Dermatologists bring an even greater level of sophistication when they assess a mole’s features. However, this is notoriously...

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Why is melanoma so dangerous?

It's All About Depth. At Skin Analytics we put all our energy into catching melanoma early. But why? Because if a melanoma grow just a fraction of a millimetre too deep, its much harder to stop. Before we talk about why that is, lets get into some biology. Melanoma is...

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Crowdfunding – A view from the trenches

It’s day 5 of our crowdfunding campaign and the tension in the office is palpable. As I write this, we have £169k pledged of our £450k round meaning we’re doing well. But I also know that success comes with momentum and our next goal is to get up to £225k within the...

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Summer’s over – can I stop my skin checks?

Here in London we’ve noticed it getting a little chillier over the last couple of weeks. Winter coats are coming out and central heating is going on. But we also know summer’s over because our summer surge of site visits is starting to drop off. We always get a peak...

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The best way to tackle melanoma?

Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the world and it disproportionately affects young people. Current global survival rates are up at around 75%. That’s good, but until it’s 100%, we need to do better. So where do we start? Melanoma, like any cancer, can...

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Technology in service of your health

Recent advances in medical imaging enabled a large quantity of high quality data to be collected. However, most of that data goes unseen because of the data explosion problem and the time constraints. At the same time the ubiquity of smartphones and improvement in the...

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