- On October 3, 2019
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says people should be seeing their doctor if they’re worried about skin lesions, not using a costly app.
“People living in Australia are at an elevated risk of developing skin cancer and we all should be vigilant about looking for changes in our skin.
“However, if you are concerned about a lesion, you should see your doctor and not use a costly app.
“There is no substitute for a face-to-face consultation when it comes to skin cancer diagnosis.
“This would also allow for a medical skin examination that would extend beyond just one lesion, as often the problem spots are the ones that you may not have noticed.
“Put plainly, your doctor is able to provide better care and doesn’t charge per lesion examined.
“If there are concerns or you are in an at-risk group, your GP will be able to refer you to a dermatologist for more specialised treatment.
“It’s concerning that valid concerns about skin cancer are being preyed upon by companies making apps.
“If you are concerned, see your doctor.
“They will provide a better, more complete examination than an app and it will, ultimately, be time and money much better spent,” Dr Lim said.
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