Three Types of Biopsies for Evaluating Potential Skin Cancer

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Garrett Gambill is a Memphis, TN, health care professional who serves as a medical assistant at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates. Among the procedures that Garrett Gambill is knowledgeable in is cancer biopsy testing. The following are three types.

1. Shave Biopsy. The shave biopsy involves removing the skin’s epidermal layer and a portion of the dermis. It’s beneficial for assessing foot skin lesions as there is no risk of serious bleeding. Silver nitrate or aluminum hydroxide solution cauterize the affected area post-test.

2. Punch Biopsy. Medical professionals use a paper punch-like device to obtain a deeper sample of the suspicious lesion. The punch biopsy tests part of the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. A suture closes the site post-test.

3. Excisional or Incisional biopsy. A final option is an excisional or incisional biopsy. A surgical knife helps remove an entire lesion. The goal is to test for suspected melanomas.