Taking to Google to search medical symptoms is common practice, but it can leave people with more questions than answers.

A new app has taken the guesswork out of finding a diagnosis by providing a 'risk rating' for skin cancer that claims to be 83 per cent accurate.

The app SkinVision uses photos of a person's moles taken on their smartphone to assess the risk of melanoma or skin cancer in a bid to increase early detection.

The app uses an algorithm to analysis the lesion based on fractal geometry.

The app provides a ‘risk rating’ and recommendation for the mole, with the photo and subsequent analysis to be shared with a person’s doctor.

SkinVision CEO Dick Uyttewaal said while the app was no substitute for seeing a medical professional it allowed users to keep track of their skin in between appointments.

Source: dailymail.co.uk