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Detecting Melanoma Fairly: Skin Tone Detection and Debiasing for Skin Lesion Classification

Bevan, Peter J.; Atapour-Abarghouei, Amir


Peter J. Bevan


Konstantinos Kamnitsas

Lisa Koch

Mobarakol Islam

Ziyue Xu

Jorge Cardoso

Qi Doi

Nicola Rieke

Sotirios Tsaftaris


Convolutional Neural Networks have demonstrated human-level performance in the classification of melanoma and other skin lesions, but evident performance disparities between differing skin tones should be addressed before widespread deployment. In this work, we propose an efficient yet effective algorithm for automatically labelling the skin tone of lesion images, and use this to annotate the benchmark ISIC dataset. We subsequently use these automated labels as the target for two leading bias ‘unlearning’ techniques towards mitigating skin tone bias. Our experimental results provide evidence that our skin tone detection algorithm outperforms existing solutions and that ‘unlearning’ skin tone may improve generalisation and can reduce the performance disparity between melanoma detection in lighter and darker skin tones.


Bevan, P. J., & Atapour-Abarghouei, A. (2022). Detecting Melanoma Fairly: Skin Tone Detection and Debiasing for Skin Lesion Classification. In K. Kamnitsas, L. Koch, M. Islam, Z. Xu, J. Cardoso, Q. Doi, …S. Tsaftaris (Eds.), DART 2022: Domain Adaptation and Representation Transfer (1-11).

Conference Name DART: MICCAI Workshop on Domain Adaptation and Representation Transfer
Acceptance Date Aug 15, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 15, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Sep 20, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2023
Volume 13542
Pages 1-11
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series ISSN 0302-9743,1611-3349
Book Title DART 2022: Domain Adaptation and Representation Transfer
ISBN 9783031168512
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