Moles should be checked regularly for changes to make sure they are not becoming cancerous. At The Dermatology Center of Newport, we perform total body mole checks and dermoscopy to give you peace of mind that your moles are not harmful. Some moles may require further evaluation by a minor surgical procedure known as a skin biopsy. In some cases, the assessment can be made by a non-invasive genetic test known as a pigment lesion assay (Dermtech).
What is DermTech?
DermTech is a non-invasive adhesive biopsy used for suspicious moles. The adhesive biopsy and Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA) can help your doctor diagnose melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, without the use of a scalpel. The PLA uses advanced genetics to identify 2 genes which are abnormal in melanoma skin cancer. DermTech’s PLA can distinguish melanoma from benign pigmented skin lesions such as nevi or moles with a negative predictive value (NPV) of over 99%, sensitivity of 91%, and specificity of 69%, without the need for a surgical biopsy.
Is DermTech covered by insurance?
What if I don’t have insurance?
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