Detecting and identifying skin problems for early medical diagnosis

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More than two people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. Still, people regularly neglect their skin health by skipping routine check ups, tanning, and more. When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent, yet people routinely put off being examined.
People Impacted
$ 1.8T
Potential Funding
I have this challenge
the problem
Nature and Context

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Still, many people let questionable skin issues go undiagnosed for a myriad of reasons, including avoiding going to the doctor's office. Technology has made it so remote evaluation is possible. By widely implementing photo recognition skin evaluations, millions of Americans could be diagnosed and saved earlier and at a higher rate.

the impact
Negative Effects

African Americans and Hispanics diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma are more likely to present with more advanced stages of disease at diagnosis and have higher rates of mortality than their nonminority counterparts. These disparities may be a consequence of economic, social, and cultural barriers such as low income, public forms of health insurance, lower levels of education, lower levels of melanoma awareness and knowledge, and lower rates of participation in melanoma screening. . (NCBI)

Economic Impact

The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is estimated at $8.1 billion: about $4.8 billion for nonmelanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma.

Success Metrics
  • Establishing access to skincare via remote diagnosing capabilities.

  • Improve access to skincare for minorities, and improve current lack of diversity within diagnosis processes to include all skin tones and skin types.

who benefits from solving this problem
Organization Types
  • Healthcare Industry

  • Dermatologists

Ideas Description

SkinVision is a unique app that accurately assesses skin cancer risks based on user-uploaded pictures. It has a unique algorithm that can instantly provide a traffic light risk rating for the picture uploaded by your smartphone camera, and helps you select the moles that should be tracked for changes within your own personal gallery. With 8% of over 100,000 users returning a high risk rating, this app can save lives.

Additionally, X4Impact is host to several solutions solving for inequity in skincare and improving detection methods for life threatening skin ailments:

LuminDx is developing cutting-edge technology that promises to better address some of the most common skin conditions. This includes a simple smartphone app to help physicians build the right differential diagnosis using computer vision and artificial intelligence. This helps every patient get the right care at the right time.

Rubitection is developing a skin health and wellness system to improve detection, assessment, and care management of vascular and dermatological conditions like bed sores and foot ulcers for seniors at home, in nursing homes, or in hospitals

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