Patients

Cut the uncertainty, not the patient
If your doctor could tell you if an atypical mole or dark spot on your skin was positive for melanoma associated gene expression, without cutting your skin with a surgical biopsy, would you want to know more?
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.

Is it Melanoma?

“I was diagnosed with an in situ melanoma in 2009 while in my early 30’s. I’ve had countless biopsies. Many have left nasty scars and none have been melanoma again. On my last derm visit the doctor used the DermTech patch biopsy. We were both excited to have this option to get pathology results without an incision. The pathology came back negative. Just what I like to hear!” – Laurel in CO
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.