Dump the apps: automated instruments 'no good for melanoma'

Doctors who perform examinations to detect the skin cancer should instead be trained in dermoscopy, according to new guidelines

Automated instruments have no place in the detection of skin cancers and should be avoided, leading dermatologists warn.

Melanoma skin examination

New clinical practice guidelines for melanoma detection and skin monitoring in high-risk individuals suggest doctors who perform skin checks should instead be trained in dermoscopy.

Professor John Kelly, co-author of a summary of the guidelines published in the Medical Journal of Australia, says there’s little evidence to support the use of automated instruments, such as smartphone apps, which allow patients