Mobile apps and technology could help detect skin cancer

Lady sunbathing with cream in the shape of a sun on her exposed skin

Technology can help save lives and a team of Stanford researchers have taken this to the next level. The team have successfully developed image recognition technologies and programmed a computer to analyse and potentially identify cancerous moles and skin lesions.

Experts actively promote the preventive measures and check-ups necessary to ensure that melanomas are detected as early as possible. The five-year melanoma survival rates are 99% when detected early[1]. The figure dramatically decreases to 14% if the cancer is detected at a later stage[2]. The project was led by Sebastian Thrun, founder of research and development lab Google X and adjunt professor at Stanford University. He explained to CNN that their goal is to make melanoma detection more accessible on a global level. "Our objective is to bring the expertise of top-level dermatologists to places where the dermatologist is not available."[3] The Read more

Lupus: it is not so frightening

Lupus is a systemic disease

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that causes our immune system “to make a mistake” and to have difficulty distinguishing foreign particles (known as antigens) from their own cells or tissues.

When a patient has lupus, their body produces autoantibodies (antibody against itself) that end up joining the antigens, and subsequently cause damage that can be severe in different tissues of the patient.

We are facing a systemic disease Lupus is a systemic disease that can affect the skin, joints, heart, kidneys, lungs and other body tissues, although most patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus only have their skin and joints affected. In terms of the type of people that can be affected by lupus, we must remember that women are at higher risk than men. Symptoms and diagnosis of lupus The symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus are characterised by: • Pain or swelling in joints • Frequent muscle aches • Fever of unknown origin • Red rashes, which usually appear in the face, shaped like "butterfly wings" Furthermore, it is also Read more