DermTech Smart Stickers™ can non-invasively detect RNAs that are associated with non-melanoma skin cancer
Current diagnosis of NMSC relies on a visual assessment of suspicious lesions followed by a surgical skin biopsy for histopathologic review. We investigated whether non-invasive collection of skin tissue and subsequent genomic analysis could properly classify NMSC.
SKIN: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Pigmented Lesion Assay When Introduced Into the Visual Assessment / Histopathology Pathway for Lesions Clinically Suspicious for Melanoma
The OptumInsights study demonstrates the economic value of the DermTech Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA) in the assessment of uncertain pigmented lesions to rule out melanoma. When the DermTech PLA is introduced into the current care pathway to guide pigmented lesion management decisions, the Optum model demonstrates $5.66 million in net savings, for a plan of 1 million commercial members.
SKIN: Non-Invasive Detection of Genomic Atypia Increases Real-World NPV and PPV of the Melanoma Diagnostic Pathway and Reduces Biopsy Burden
Management of pigmented lesions currently relies on visual assessment with surgical biopsy and histopathologic examination for those lesions suspicious for melanoma. A non-invasive genomic assay that detects two melanoma-associated biomarkers (PLA, 2-GEP) has recently been validated as an adjunct to visual assessment for distinguishing high-risk pigmented lesions appropriate for biopsy from those that can be safely monitored via clinical surveillance.
Long-term outcome of pigmented lesions clinically suspicious for melanoma previously tested with the Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA): results from the TRUST Study
The assessment of pigmented lesions suspicious for melanoma remains a challenge. The non-invasive Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA) guides biopsy decisions and detects melanoma at its earliest stages based on genomic atypia. The TRUST Study was designed to determine the proportion of true negative lesions among those that initially tested negative. Of the 1781 lesions in the long-term follow-up screening cohort, there were no known melanoma deaths or late-stage melanoma detected.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by significant barrier disruption and intense pruritus. In recent years, there has been a growing number of targeted therapies in clinical development with a predominant focus on antagonizing Th2-mediated inflammation; however, these therapies are effective (IGA 0/1) in less than 50% of AD patients.
Non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are the most common types of skin cancer and include both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). NMSC primarily form on sun exposed skin including the head, face, neck, arms, and hands. BCC accounts for >75% of NMSC cases; however, SCC is more aggressive and may occur in other locations as well.
SKIN: Genomic Atypia to Enrich Melanoma Positivity in Biopsied Lesions: Gene Expression and Pathology Findings From a Large U.S. Registry Study
Importance: Melanoma is diagnosed in approximately 200,000 people within the US each year and is responsible for more than 6,850 deaths. Currently, clinical suspicion guides biopsy decisions and melanoma is confirmed in approximately 4% of biopsied lesions. A non-invasive two-gene expression test (2-GEP) was shown to enhance the physical exam by evaluating genomic atypia to guide biopsy decisions. This study examines the corresponding histopathology of real-world 2-GEP-positive cases.
SKIN: Caring for Melanoma Survivors with Self-Detected Concerning Moles During COVID-19 Restricted Physician Access: a Cohort Study
Background: Physician appointments for non-essential care ceased during COVID-19. Objective: To pilot test a telehealth solution for patients to rule out melanomas and need for surgical biopsies based on genomic analyses of pigmented lesion samples obtained via adhesive patches. Methods: Surveys assessed SSE anxiety. Under remote clinician guidance, patients or partners obtained samples using adhesive patches (DermTech, La Jolla, CA). Results: SSE anxiety increased. Guided self-sampling led to molecular risk factor analyses in 7/7 (100%) of cases compared to 9/10 (90%) randomly selected physician-sampled control cases. Conclusions: Adhesive patch self-sampling under remote physician guidance is a viable specimen collection option.
SKIN: Risk Stratification of Severely Dysplastic Nevi by Non-Invasively Obtained Gene Expression and Mutation Analyses
Importance: Strategies to non-invasively detect cutaneous melanoma generally focus on differentiating melanoma from non-melanoma lesions. However, given the variabilities in practice and lack of guidelines, it is important for clinicians to understand how such strategies and technologies perform on borderline lesions of uncertain clinical behavior.
JDD: Real-world utility of a non-invasive gene expression test to rule out primary cutaneous melanoma: a large US registry study
Efforts to unambiguously assess and adjudicate primary melanocytic skin lesions clinically suspicious of melanoma to rule out melanoma via the existing standard of care of visual assessment and histopathology remains a challenge even for pigmented lesion experts because of inherent limitations of image recognition.