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Handheld Skin Scanner for Melanoma (Video)

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Cases of melanoma, the least common but most lethal form of skin cancer, have been on the rise for at least 30 years. The good news: If caught early, the survival rate is 99 percent.

Now doctors have a new FDA-approved handheld device that helps them scan the skin for dangerous lesions. Using imaging technology created by the military for missile navigation, this device scans a mole, then searches a database to determine how dangerous it is ­— all in less than a minute. The device has been shown in trials to detect up to 98 percent of melanomas.

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