Bupa UK has launched a remote skin assessment service to provide its health insurance customers with detection of skin cancers from home.
Bupa customers who are worried about a mole or skin lesion can call the Cancer Direct Access service to discuss their symptoms without the need for a GP referral.
If the new remote skin assessment service is suitable, by the next working day customers will receive a kit which includes a smartphone and a magnifying lens to take high-resolution photos of moles or lesions.
Once a customer uploads the photos to an app on the phone, a dermatologist will review them alongside their medical history.
The service is the latest addition to Bupa From Home, a package of remote health services that customers can access from home.
Alex Perry, CEO at Bupa UK Insurance, said: ‘The biggest thing that makes the difference in cancer treatment is detecting and treating it early.
‘Worryingly, at the height of the crisis fewer people were coming forward with signs and symptoms that might be cancer.
‘Our remote skin assessment and Cancer Direct Access services help to remove any potential barriers, reducing the time between detection, diagnosis and treatment.’