According to data from the Argentinean Society of Dermatology (SAD), 40% of Argentines claim to protect themselves from the sun occasionally and more than 60% do not renew sun protection during the day. Summer and sun exposure at the beach increase the risk of skin cancer and for this reason early detection of changes in moles is essential to reveal these pathologies.Although moles are usually benign lesions, the Argentinean Society of Dermatology (SAD) recommends always having an annual check-up so that the doctor can observe if they are asymmetrical, if their borders are irregular, if they are larger than 6 millimetres, if there is itching, bleeding, or crusting, and if they have changed colour or size from one year to the next.
This summer, Topazium, in collaboration with the insurance health company Medicus and the dermatological laboratory Andrómaco, has promoted an initiative for the early detection of suspicious sunspots on the beaches of Argentina thanks to SkinGuardTM. This AI tool was designed by Topazium for help healthcare professionals in improving the early detection of skin cancer by taking photographs of moles. SkinGuardTM is designed to mimic the process of skin inspection in a teledermatology environment. It takes an image of a patient’s skin as input and returns a simple assessment of the associated probability of a lesion being suspicious of malignancy. In this case, the system indicates the most likely skin condition among the 4 main types of skin cancer (melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, or intraepithelial carcinoma).
The dermatological station was placed in Pinamar, one of the most important beach destinations in the southern summer and offered free check-up by a dermatologist equipped with SkinGuardTM to anyone who wished to check their moles. The campaign took place during the last two weekends of January in the evening (from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm). In total, around 400 consultations were attended (a query every 3-4 minutes) and a total of 17 suspicious lesions were found. Together with our partners, we continue working to make this world a healthier place.