Skin cancer app helps Aussies detect melanomas with the tap of a finger

Source: 9 News, February 2017

With the simple shutter of a smartphone camera, Australians in every corner of the country can now get instant access to professional advice from skin cancer specialists.

After success in New Zealand, free app ‘Firstcheck’, was this week launched in Australia and will allow anyone to snap a photo of a mole and get a virtual consultation with a professional for $19.95.

Lawyer and entrepreneur Hayden Laird co-founded the app after his grandfather was diagnosed with melanoma.

“My grandpa was diagnosed with melanoma and then my wife had a mole map. It was then we realised the power of telemedicine and how just through photos you can increase the reach and access to specialists,” Mr Laird told

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