There is a clear link between conducting your own skin examinations and finding melanomas while they are thinner and more treatable. Yet as few as 7 percent of U.S. adults check their skin regularly. Among people in high-risk groups, the rate is just 10 percent.

Here’s how MelaSight works: Professional photos of a patient’s skin are uploaded onto a password-protected mobile site. The photos also are encrypted to ensure privacy, given that this is a record of the entire body.

Using the camera in their smart phones, patients can zoom in on suspicious skin changes, which are automatically compared with the images taken earlier.

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