New app taking the fight to melanoma

SkinScan can help users discover the cancer early

TeleSkin, an IT firm based in Esbjerg, has developed a new cell phone app that will help users find melanoma by scanning their skin for suspicious-looking moles.

According to TeleSkin chairman Søren Ankerstjerne, the SkinScan app has got off to a flying start even though it has just been launched.

“Over the weekend it’s been downloaded over 4,000 times, so it’s really something that people are interested in,” Ankerstjerne told DR Nyheder.

The app uses three easy steps. First users take a picture of their suspicious mole using their phone and answer a few questions. The app will then provide information and convey whether the mole looks normal or not.

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Just skin deep
Users can then send the image of their mole to TeleSkin’s dermatologist who will review it and advise the user what steps to take.

TeleSkin was originally developed in Serbia, but it has settled in the west coast of Denmark after it won almost 1.9 million kroner in the Danish Next Step Challenge entrepreneur competition last year.

The move to Denmark has made it possible for the company to further develop the technology.

Ankerstjerne underlined that the app is only a helping tool and people should see their doctor if they find any suspicious-looking moles.





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