MelApp by Health Discovery Corporation (iPhone)
Released: Jun 30, 2011
Version: 2.1
Size: 8 MB
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Health Discovery Corporation
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Whether sunning on the beach, cheering at the kids’ outdoor sporting events or hitting the slopes, chances are you’re being affected by damaging UV rays. MelApp for iPhone is an image-based risk assessment mobile app that assists in the early detection of melanoma.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer worldwide, and the most deadly of all skin cancers, if not caught early. However, melanoma can be successfully removed and monitored by regular skin screenings in its early stages. The disease is deadly in its most advanced stages as few treatment options exist. The median lifespan for patients with advanced melanoma is less than one year. Performing regular self-exams could save your life or that of a loved one.

Checking a mole or freckle is quick and easy:
(1) Use MelApp to take a picture of the skin lesions of concern with an iPhone’s camera, enlarging it with the zoom feature to fit into the green box, then circle the mole with your finger

(2) Pin point the mole size and its evolution by sliding the corresponding indicator bar and tap on "Check Risk." Within seconds MelApp will provide a risk analysis of the uploaded picture being a melanoma.

MelApp uses highly sophisticated patent protected state-of-the-art mathematical algorithms and image-based pattern recognition technology to analyze the uploaded image. The app was validated using DermAtlas, an open access, physician-edited database of over 10,000 high quality histological and clinical images of skin conditions.

These pictures also can be stored on MelApp and saved according to date, label or risk. Archiving your pictures lets you review them for changes in the skin lesions occurring over time.

A second way to assess lesions or moles is by using MelApp’s ABCDE feature to manually adjust the Asymmetry, Border Irregularity, Color Density, Diameter and Evolution of your image. You can also check your understanding of melanoma cancer risk by answering a quiz.

This App is made available for educational purpose only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please refer to a physician if you have a skin condition that you are concerned about and/or believe requires attention.

What's new in version 2.1
This version addresses a bug that could cause the camera to fail to respond to user input on some devices running iOS 5.0 or 5.0.1.
Our verdict: Meh!
  • MelApp is a poorly rated app (2-star).
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