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Genius High School Students Use Crowdsourcing to Find a Cure for Melanoma

"In a groundbreaking effort, 3,500 of the country's top high school students will build the world's largest wiki on melanoma research — and work toward finding that needle in a haystack to cure melanoma.


"The effort is led by www.SaveJordan.org, which will use crowdsourcing to drive user-generated content related to melanoma cancer research to a wiki site. 'The idea is to bypass mainstream medicine and medical research and compile fresh ideas,' saidJordan Guernsey, the 29-year-old father of two and Stage IV cancer survivor who is the force behind SaveJordan.org."

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PR Newswire  |  Apr 15, 2014

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Crowdsourcing Melanoma Identification

Crowdsourcing Melanoma Identification | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

People aren't very good at catching melanomas on their own, but a new study suggests that many heads are better than one when it comes to spotting these skin cancers. The researchers taught 500 people how to identify melanomas, then tested their accuracy on 40 images of moles, 9 of which were melanomas. As expected, each person was right only 58% of the time—but collectively, the group was right 90% of the time. Next, the team is developing a cell phone app to let people upload photos of worrisome moles for evaluation by others. The researchers caution, however, that such mole crowdsourcing would not replace clinical diagnosis. Rather, the app would steer high-risk people to get clinical skin examinations.

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Cancer Epidemiology │Dec 2013

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