A new artificial intelligence system can spot the tell-tale signs of skin cancer just as accurately as dermatologists. If one can get the tech on a smartphone, so anyone can run a self-diagnosis. Once the system is refined further and becomes portable, it could give many more people the chance to get screened with minimal cost, and without having to wait for an appointment with a doctor to confirm the symptoms. But the technology is not designed to replace doctors; it is designed to give people easier access to the first two screening stages before getting expert help.
Spotting the difference between a deadly lesion and a benign one is no easy task. One has to cautious about releasing the tool to the public before they know it would not make any false assessments, and real-world clinical testing should help improve it further. We are now seeing numerous programs and apps, powered by the intuitive reasoning of artificial intelligence showing up on phones, and giving us cheap and easy ways of assessing our health at home and that has to be better than just typing a few symptoms into Google.
Like many other diseases, early diagnosis of skin cancer is crucial. If spotted early, 10-year survival rates are around 95 percent, but that drops to 10-15 percent if the cancer has reached its later stages before being treated. This is an exciting new technology that has the potential to increase access to dermatology at a time where there is shortage in this specialty and the rates of skin cancer continue to rise.
Credits: The Stanford University Researchers.