What Is the PLA?
The PLA is a test that helps your doctor diagnose melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, without the use of a scalpel. The PLA detects two genes which are elevated in melanoma skin cancer.
How does it work?
DermTech’s PLA uses a sample collected with an adhesive patch and helps your doctor assess moles or dark colored skin spots for melanoma skin cancer with minimal discomfort. This adhesive patch biopsies your skin non-invasively, without the traditional surgical procedure.
Is it right for me?
DermTech’s PLA and Adhesive Skin Biopsy Kit may be especially useful for patients that are on anti-coagulants, are at increased risk for infection or scarring, have a greater risk for wound healing complications or have moles in cosmetically sensitive areas.
This non-invasive biopsy can be used to reduce unnecessary surgical biopsies, and makes it easier to correctly diagnose melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over 2 million people are diagnosed annually.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.
- Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.