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How skin biopsies are used to detect cancer

Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer, and early detection is essential for successful treatment. At the Current Dermatology and Cosmetic Center of Annapolis, Maryland, Drs. Molly Walterhoefer and Megan Casady Flahive are board-certified dermatologists who can assess your skin and determine if a skin biopsy is needed. This helps to detect skin cancer in areas of concern and assists in educating patients about their condition to seek appropriate treatments.

What is a skin biopsy, and what can it detect?

Skin biopsies are a common way to detect skin cancer. They involve removing a small sample of skin which is examined under a microscope in order to identify abnormal cells that may be indicative of cancer.

What are the types of skin biopsies that can be performed?

The most common type of skin biopsy used to detect skin cancer is called a shave biopsy, where the doctor or dermatologist removes a portion or all the visible affected tissue from the area. This method can help confirm whether a suspicious mole or other lesion is actually cancerous. Different types of biopsies include:

  • Incisional biopsies (where only part of the lesion is removed).
  • Excisional biopsies (where the entire lesion is removed). 
  • Punch biopsies (which use a tool to remove a plug of skin).

What is the benefit of skin biopsies?

Skin biopsies are a vital tool in the diagnosis of skin cancer. They enable early detection and help determine whether a lesion is benign or malignant. This helps inform treatment decisions and can potentially save lives by helping catch cancerous cells that have potential to spread throughout the body.

Should I consider a skin biopsy?

At Current Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, Drs. Molly Walterhoefer and Megan Casady Flahive can help you decide which type of biopsy is best for you based on your individual needs. They also provide information about cancer treatments available if you receive a definitive diagnosis. By working together with our experienced team, you can take steps towards better protecting your health and well-being. Call us today to schedule an appointment! Our office is at 810 Bestgate Road, Suite #450, in Annapolis, MD, and can be reached by calling (410) 384-4172.

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