A Smartphone App Helps in Diagnosing Melanoma

While differentiating skin cancer from a harmless lesion can be tricky, Michael Kolodney, the chair of West Virginia University’s Department of Dermatology, has recently developed a smartphone app: designed to help students practice diagnosing melanomas based on their physical appearance. Experienced dermatologists office diagnose their patients’ lesions through visual diagnoses, versus a checklist-based assessment. While …

FDA Recently Approves Combination Treatment for Melanoma

The rates of melanoma have been consistently rising in the last three decades: statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that about 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2018; approximately 9,320 people will die of melanoma in the same year. In light of the rapid rise of both melanoma and overall skin cancer cases, …