Take 23 Nude Pictures Of Yourself And This iPhone App Will Tell You If You Have Cancer

Take 23 Nude Pictures Of Yourself And This iPhone App Will Tell You If You Have Cancer

Taking DIY to a new level.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 2 million new diagnoses of skin cancer in the U.S. alone this year, including nearly 80,000 cases of melanoma. Besides the obvious practice of routine checkups, those known to be a bit more preemptive have taken to whole body photography as a means to spot cancerous activity before it’s too late.

An iPhone app called UMSkinCheck is meant to be an easy way to check for skin cancer without the need of a trained professional. All you need to do is have someone use your iPhone to take 23 pictures of yourself completely nude.

The app’s developers from The University of Michigan explain:

A skin cancer self exam is used to identify suspicious moles or lesions that may be cancer or growths that may develop into skin cancer (precancers). Individuals who are at a high risk of skin cancer are encouraged to perform frequent skin self exams and to have full body photographic surveys taken by professional photographers. Using UMSkinCheck, patients will be able to complete a full skin cancer self exam and photo survey, track and create a history of moles and lesions and receive regular reminders to perform follow up self exams and check on lesions that are being tracked.

After you take the initial 23 nude photographs, the app complies the pics on your iPhone to establish a diagram of your body for future photo comparisons (yes, you’ll have to take the pictures again and again). A risk calculator determines the likelihood that you have cancer, and the diagrams of your body are meant to show subtle changes in your skin and potentially cancerous cells. You are obviously encouraged to see a physician if you see anything questionable.

While Apple did put a great camera in the iPhone 4S, how many people are willing to put something as life-threatening as cancer in the hands of an app and 8-megapixel smartphone camera?

  • cwagdev

    And then share your photos on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Jonathan Ober

    “I wasn’t sexting I promise…just taking cancer screening photos” – a teenager to his parents/principal and the police

  • klahanas

    And should you be holding a non-Apple device, will it will give a positive diagnosis?

  • shade/ohio

    how about an app to tell you if your hungry ? thats not true

  • Solowalker

    “While Apple did put a great camera in the iPhone 4S, how many people are willing to put something as life-threatening as cancer in the hands of an app and 8-megapixel smartphone camera?”

    Probably the same people who use WebMD or Google instead of calling up the nurse or making a doctor appointment. Could be people who don’t want to waste the time if they don’t have it, they’re embarrassed to think they do and don’t want to face it, they’re just curious to see what someone else thinks, or they can’t afford/don’t want to pay for such a visit even if it’s just a co-pay.

    Just because you may not be the target audience doesn’t mean there isn’t a target audience.

  • Aaron

    Isn’t there another app that checks the size and shape of moles to give you warning signs for melanomas?

  • MacHead84

    Wouldnt surprise me if this app was developed by a creeper 17 year old who has the photos auto-delivered to his server.

  • Floris

    Can you imagine this company getting hacked?

  • Gabriel Dornier

    Wouldnt surprise me if this app was developed by a creeper 17 year old who has the photos auto-delivered to his server.

    From University of Michigan?

    I don’t belive so. It seems very legit.

  • Stuka_UK

    What a crock!

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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a senior writer at Cult of Mac and co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

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