PLA in Practice: Confidence in Gene Expression Testing
by Dr. Simone McKitty | May 29, 2019
This is one example of how DermTech alters my patient treatment plans, by making me more sensitive, and enabling me to catch more early stage melanoma. I use the PLA on all kinds of lesions that are suspicious of melanoma, including lower risk lesions that I previously may have just monitored.
I chose to add the PLA to my practice because it has a less than 1% chance of missing a melanoma, allows me to avoid unnecessary biopsies, and provides an alternative to my patients that are phobic or fatigued by surgical procedures. This directly benefits my patients’ satisfaction! Genetics is the way of the future and my patients welcome these advances in technology. Most patients would also rather avoid cutting if at all possible.