Skin biopsies are procedures in which your provider takes a tiny sample of your skin to screen for medical problems (usually skin cancer). Doing so can detect cancer early before it spreads to other parts of your body. Skin biopsies at Greenbrook Medical are painless.
Your Greenbrook Medical specialist might recommend undergoing a skin biopsy if you have symptoms of skin cancer, such as:
Any time you notice new or unusual skin changes, see your Greenbrook Medical doctor for an evaluation.
Skin cancer can happen to anyone, but some factors boost your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:
Ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer include protecting your skin from the sun when you go outdoors with protective clothing or sunscreen. Avoid tanning beds and complete periodic skin checks on yourself and with the Greenbrook Medical team to look for new or unusual lesions.
To find out if you need a skin biopsy, primary care providers discuss your symptoms and medical history with you. They examine skin lesions and ask you if they’ve changed in color, size, shape, or overall appearance.
During skin biopsies, your specialist numbs the treatment area and removes a tiny sample of skin using a punch tool or scalpel. They could also remove a lesion with cryotherapy (freezing) or electrocautery (an electric current). If needed, they use sutures to close larger incisions.
If you have skin cancer, your doctor may recommend additional treatments to ensure the cancer doesn’t spread. They could suggest removing a larger sample of tissue, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
To learn more about skin biopsies at Greenbrook Medical and find out if they’re right for you, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.