Clinical needs

Melanoma is probably the most serious type of skin cancer, which is formed in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin. The risk of developing melanoma appears to be increased in people under 40, especially women, but the exact cause is not clear, although some studies suggest that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases the risk, so limiting it may help reduce it.

However, melanoma can be successfully treated if detected early so knowing the signs of skin cancer can help detect these cancerous changes before they spread. The first signs and symptoms of melanoma are usually a change in an existing mole or the formation of a new pigmented or unusual looking lump in the skin. It should be noted that moles are the most common form, although they can also appear on normal-looking skin.

This project seeks to develop an application that allows the preventive detection of possible skin cancers.