This iPhone app promises to help you detect skin cancer

Sometimes it seems like the list of things our iPhones can do is endless. Third-party apps turn our devices into heart monitors, sleep machines, scanners and more.

Apparently, there’s even an app that can help you detect cancer. UMSkinCheck for iPhone promises to help you easily detect skin cancer without the need of a trained professional…

From the app’s iTunes description:

“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 (pre-cancers). 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.”

If it sounds tedious, that’s because it is. Users must take 23 pictures of themselves in the nude before the app can start its assessment. And this process must be repeated multiple times as time goes on. This way the app can note changes in your skin, and help you identify potential cancer risks.

That being said, we’re talking about helping you detect cancer here, one of the most problematic diseases in the world right now. The fact that your iPhone can do that just by using this app is a feat in itself.

We’re not sure we’re brave enough to use it, but if you or someone you know would like to give it a whirl, you can download UMSkinCheck from the App Store, for free.