ISLAMABAD: Taking to Google to search medical symptoms is common practice, but it can leave people with more questions than answers.

A new app has taken the guesswork out of finding a diagnosis by providing a 'risk rating' for skin cancer that claims to be 83 per cent accurate.

The app SkinVision uses photos of a person's moles taken on their smartphone to assess the risk of melanoma or skin cancer in a bid to increase early detection.

Early detection: The SkinVision app uses photos you have taken of moles on your skin to detect asses the risk of skin cancer

Diagnosis: The app provides a 'risk rating' by determining potential non-natural growth of pigmented moles

The app uses an algorithm to analysis the lesion based on fractal geometry.

The app provides a ‘risk rating’ and recommendation for the mole, with the photo and subsequent analysis to be shared with a person’s doctor.

SkinVision CEO Dick Uyttewaal said while the app was no substitute for seeing a medical professional it allowed users to keep track of their skin in between appointments.

Risk factor: The app provides a 'risk rating' for the mole which can then be shared with the person's doctor

Providing a recommendation: The app determines if the mole is low or high risk
‘Regularly checking moles or lesions can assist with early detection and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer,’ he said.

‘The app isn’t designed to replace a medical expert’s opinion, but instead, to provide a tool for analysing and tracking moles in between professional check-ups, and helping people prepare for medical appointments with their own personal image gallery.’

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, with the disease accounting for 80 per cent of all new cancer diagnosis’ each year.

Getting  checked: The app can be used in conjunction with a medical professional

The app allows users to detect potentially cancerous moles early on, increasing their chances of successful treatment.  

New research from the Cancer Council has revealed half of adult sunburns are due to recreational activities that take place at the home such as gardening, reading, or chores around the house.

Picnics and barbecues are also sunburn hot-spots, with beach and pool days ranking lower on the list of danger zones.

Family at risk: Recreational avitivties at home are the leading causes of sunburn
 
Last year Australia was the only country in the world to see a decline in skin cancer rates.

There was a small reduction in levels of melanoma and non-melanoma in the under-45 age group

Medicare data revealed a 2% reduction in skin cancer treatments in the 25-34-year-old age group, and a 1% reduction in the 35-44-year-old age group between 2000 and 2011.

Water activities are the cause of 29 per cent of adult sunburns, while sport an exercise accounts for 21 per cent.

Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair said he believed a lot of people would be 'surprised' by the results.

'These 'incidental' sunburns are catching people out,' he said.