What is Nonsurgical Mole Testing?
One of the deadliest types of skin cancer in the US is melanoma. Using Dermtech Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA), we offer nonsurgical mole testing to detect melanoma early. This genomic, scar-free test allows us to assess abnormal-looking moles without needing a biopsy. Within the provided sample, Genomic testing looks at all of your genes for any irregular changes in alterations within your genetic code. For your convenience, we can perform the test in-office or through HIPAA-compliant telehealth appointments. If you have a suspicious-looking mole, it's imperative that you reach out as soon as possible. We encourage you to call either of our offices in League City or Webster, TX.
If you have an irregular-looking mole, it's very important to have it checked out. Even if you don't suspect that you have an abnormal mole, we still highly recommend attending yearly skin exams. This will help us detect any changes and ensure the health of your skin. One of the most effective ways to look for melanoma is by using the ABCDE method. When assessing new moles or moles you've had for a long time, you can use the ABCDE method to determine whether you need to schedule an appointment. These include:
- Asymmetry: The mole halves do not match.
- Borders: The edges look scalloped, blurred, or notched.
- Color: The color changes shades of brown, tan, red, blue or pink.
- Diameter: The mole changes size in diameter.
- Evolution: The mole changes in appearance, such as color, size, shape, or other new symptoms, like discharge, bleeding, or itching.
How Does It Work?
This innovative testing allows us to perform the test in-office or through a HIPAA-compliant video conference. PLA uses a patch that adheres to the skin. Once you peel off the patch, skin cells stick to it, and we can test those cells at a specialized laboratory. We'll examine your skin cells for two genes that detect the presence of melanoma. These particular genes help us properly diagnose melanoma. Because this test uses a patch, you won't have a scar like you would with a normal, scalpel biopsy.
What to Expect?
According to DermTech's website, PLA's chance of not detecting present melanoma is less than 1%. One of the most exciting things about this advanced procedure is the ability to detect melanoma without the need for a scalpel biopsy, which can leave a scar. With PLA, our dermatologists can assess cells across the entire lesion and diagnose melanoma more accurately. Following your skin exam, we'll schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of your test. If needed, our team can create a tailored treatment plan to manage your melanoma.
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Plan Your Procedure
- How Long It Takes
- 20 minutes
Early Detection For Melanoma
Pigmented lesion assay (PLA) can detect the early signs of melanoma without needing a biopsy, which leaves a scar and requires an in-office appointment. It also allows us to continue monitoring any changes in suspicious moles. Using a HIPPA-compliant telehealth conferencing system and a PLA patch, we can help you determine whether you have skin cancer from the comfort of your home. If you notice any changes to a mole, it's critical to have a dermatologist assess it, so they can provide the best treatment plan for you. Please call Clear Lake Dermatology in Webster or League City, TX to learn more about this advanced testing.