Constance Cortez

Researchers Testing New Technique for Identifying Cancerous Moles

Some people who find a suspicious mole on their skin may wonder if it's skin cancer, yet wait around not seeking medical advice. A researcher at Texas Tech University is collaborating with researchers at the University of Utah to crowdsource pictures of atypical moles, in hopes of getting people to see a doctor sooner.

Andy King, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Relations in Texas Tech's College of Media & Communication, authored the study of work tied to a project begun when he was a doctoral student at Purdue University. It was a pre-doctoral fellowship with the NIH studying cancer prevention that brought him together there with Jakob Jensen, now at the University of Utah, who was developing a variety of cancer prevention projects related to breast cancer, colorectal cancer and skin cancer.