New Technology Changing How Doctors Diagnose Skin Cancer Without Painful Biopsies – CBS Philly


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today, the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, is designated as “Don’t Fry Day.” It’s a reminder about the importance of sun safety to prevent skin cancer.

Skin cancer has increased 77% in the past decade. For a diagnosis to be confirmed, doctors often need to do biopsies. Now, there’s an alternative for the most serious kind, melanoma.

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Trish Kern sees her dermatologist more often than she’d like.

“When I was younger, I mean, we wore sunscreen, but we weren’t very careful, we didn’t know what we now know today,” she said.

It’s a common story. All those sunburns in years gone by can lead to skin cancer, the most common cancer, and it’s increasing.

Kern, who lives in Philadelphia, is careful to get suspicious spots checked after what looked like a pimple on her leg ended up being…

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