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Health apps: Unlimited promise or ‘like having a really bad doctor’
Los Angeles Times

For Julie Hadduck, a smartphone app that could diagnose cancer seemed like a miracle.

Her husband died of skin cancer in 2010. She worried that her three children could also be at risk, so she took them to a dermatologist twice a year.

When Hadduck photographed one of her daughter’s moles, the app offered a diagnosis within seconds. “It came back red, and I was freaked out,” said Hadduck, who lives in Pittsburgh.

She took her 9-year-old to a dermatologist, who reassured them the mole was benign. Hadduck, 47, deleted the app.

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