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iPhone App Helps Detect Skin Cancer

A new app for iPhone called Mole Mapper lets you take a different kind of selfie: one that could end up saving your life.

Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University announced the release of the app on Oct. 15, developed in part by researchers in the Department of Dermatology. Part of Apple’s ResearchKit line of apps, the Mole Mapper tracks any change in—you guessed it—growth or shape of moles on the app user’s body, all with the help of a simple photo taken of each mole on the iPhone camera.