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Diagnosing Skin Cancer Without Biopsy (Video)

January 14, 2009

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It’s an invention that researchers say could radically change how doctors find skin cancer. The hand-held non-invasive cancer scanner diagnoses skin lesions on a patient, avoiding painful unnecessary biopsies.

One in three people in the United States will get Basal Cell or Squamous Cell cancer, and deadly melanoma cancer kills 7,000 people each year.

For years, doctors have cut out or biopsied trouble-spots to test for cancer, but researchers at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, are developing the first device of its kind to painlessly diagnose skin cancer.

Barb Cramer has the story in this Vanderbilt Medical Center video news release.