Kiwi-made skin cancer detection app launches in Australia

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A Kiwi app aimed at boosting early skin cancer detection has now expanded into Australia, which has some of the highest melanoma rates in the world. 

Along with New Zealand, the country has some of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.
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The app makes getting checked for skin cancer as simple as the click of a button. 

"The easier you make it to get checked, the more likely people are to get checked, and you can pick up skin cancer early," said Firstcheck founder Hayden Laird. 

"And that's what we're trying to do."

For the Taranaki man, it's personal. 

He got the idea after his grandfather was diagnosed with melanoma. 

"It's not the kind of thing you want to see anyone go through," said Mr Laird. 

Users take a picture of a mole or skin complaints with the app, map it on the body, and send it off to a local specialist for around $20.

They then receive expert advice within 72 hours.

Skin cancer organisations have said there's no substitute for getting checked out in person by a doctor, but anything that encourages early detection is useful. 

Firstcheck has had more than 10,000 downloads since launching in Australia last week. 

"The third case that went through the app was skin cancer and it only got picked up because the app was launched," Mr Laird said. 

It's a promising start when early detection of skin cancer could be a lifesaver. 

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