Researchers Develop Faster Method for Performing Skin Cancer Biopsies

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Approximately 73,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, predicts the American Cancer Society. Skin biopsies have been at the forefront of the fight against skin cancer, but the procedure can take up to 30 minutes and requires a specialist to perform the sampling.

Researchers at the Carlos III University of Madrid have Spanish and international patents pending on a new device that could considerably cut the time and effort a skin biopsy takes. The new device can take a skin biopsy with a simple click, finishing the procedure in about five minutes. This method of biopsy does not require the anesthesia, sutures, and lengthy tissue removal that current methods do.

The tool was developed in order to improve diagnostic waiting times, improve screening rates, and hopefully encourage more patients to obtain biopsies through this less invasive procedure. Because a single doctor with a single tool can take the biopsy, the research team hopes that doctors will be able to see more patients and perform more skin cancer screenings, leading to more early detections.

The device is still awaiting patents and a manufacturer to produce it commercially, although it is ready for demonstrations in its prototype stage.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among Americans, affecting approximately 3.5 million cases a year. Basal and squamous cell cancers are less likely to grow and spread, but melanoma is an aggressive form of cancer that causes more than 10,000 skin cancer deaths per year. While skin cancer is highly preventable through regular screenings and minimizing exposure to UV rays from the sun, it can still occur in people who have a family history of skin cancers.

When skin cancer is not caught early it can develop to become serious and life-threatening. In some cases, the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and causes severe disability and eventually death. If you or a loved one suffered serious complications from skin cancer treatment that result in an inability to work and earn an income, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. For help with your claim, contact the Disability Help Group today – 1-(800)-800-3332.