Scar-free melanoma skin cancer detection is possible with the DermTech PLA – a breakthrough, genomic test that accurately assesses suspicious moles.
Because Melanoma Can’t Wait
Ask your doctor about telemedicine alternatives to an in-person visit. Your doctor can perform the DermTech PLA in their office or may decide that a telemedicine visit is more appropriate. Telemedicine allows your physician to care for you remotely through modern technology. Your doctor is able to view areas of concern and consult with you by using HIPAA-compliant imaging and video conferencing tools.
If your provider identifies a mole that is suspicious of melanoma, he or she may use the DermTech PLA to help determine if that mole is benign (non-cancerous) or if it has genomic risk factors of melanoma and needs to be biopsied. Your doctor’s office can then facilitate a remote collection with a simple adhesive patch skin collection kit.
Watch the PLA in Action
The PLA provides enhanced early detection of melanoma to give you peace of mind.
What is the PLA?
DermTech PLA is a breakthrough, scar-free genomic test for the early detection of melanoma, giving you a clear answer about a suspicious mole. The PLA helps your dermatologist detect melanoma skin cancer in its earliest stages.
How does it work?
The PLA’s adhesive patch sticks to a mole like tape and is peeled off painlessly to collect skin cells. Skin cells that stick to the adhesive patch are analyzed in DermTech’s specialized laboratory where the cells are examined for two genes that can indicate the presence of melanoma. This gene expression analysis enables DermTech to accurately distinguish between melanoma and non-melanoma.
Is it right for me?
Melanoma is hard to visually identify and it is both under- and over-diagnosed. With the PLA, there is a less than 1% chance of missing melanoma. Using the PLA results in fewer unnecessary biopsies, which means less pain and scarring. The PLA’s adhesive patch skin cell collection is pain-free, scalpel-free, and scar-free.
What to expect:
Your dermatologist will determine your treatment based on the results of the PLA. A mole with a negative result will be monitored and usually not biopsied, avoiding unnecessary surgery. A mole with a positive result will be biopsied per the current standard of care.
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