New “smart sticker” can help detect skin cancer
Imagine if something as simple as a sticker could help detect the presence of skin cancer. That is now a reality, thanks to a new non-invasive Smart Sticker.
It can actually lift skin cells from the surface of a patient’s skin to be tested for select genomic markers associated with melanoma. It can rule out melanoma with around 99% reliability.
DermTech and Sonora Quest are offering the new technology. We spoke to Tom Leggett, Director of Business Development at Sonora Quest.
Not only will this test provide more patient populations with heightened access skin cancer testing, but it could also reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies and referrals to specialists.
Arizonans spend a significant amount of time outdoors, potentially putting us at higher risk of skin cancer. So early detection is key.
Facts about melanoma
One of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, melanoma is most treatable when diagnosed early. In fact the survival rate can reach 99% when detected early.
Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body ,but signs of skin cancer most often appear in areas that receive a lot of sun exposure, such as your face, arms, legs, or chest, or back.
Changes in the size, shape, or color of any skin lesion may potentially be cancerous moles,. And any new or unusual growth or color change on your skin should be evaluated by your doctor.
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