Expert Video - What is a skin biopsy and how is it done?

Melanoma expert Laura Ferris, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, describes how a skin biopsy for melanoma is different from biopsy for other skin cancers and what it can tell your doctor about your risk and treatment options. She also discusses newer tests, such as PLA, that reveal genetic mutations, types of biopsy and alternatives to biopsy in some cases.

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This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Merck, Natera, and Novartis.

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