A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/QVe6yyOnK_4
Would it surprise you to know that one in five Americans develops skin cancer during her or his lifetime?
In fact, every hour of every day one American dies from melanoma. It is the deadliest of skin cancers, and one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the U.S.
Because of the nation-wide closures of dermatology offices during the pandemic, the number of skin cancers diagnosed during March-May 2020 decreased by 43% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. This means there is a potential backlog of undiagnosed skin cancers.
Even prior to the pandemic, only 16 percent of Americans ages 18-29 surveyed in a 2018 study stated that they visited a dermatologist’s office in the past 12 months.
What if there were innovative and painless ways to get your moles checked at home via a telehealth appointment and under clinician supervision?
DermTech has a proprietary innovative technology platform that identifies signs of melanoma at the genomic level and allows dermatologists to detect melanoma earlier and more accurately.
The DermTech Melanoma Test analyzes’s genes in your skin sample that is collected using Smart StickersTM, and with a 99% negative predictive value meaning there is a less than 1% probability of the test missing a melanoma when administered properly.
Simply press the Smart StickerTM on the suspicious spot or mole; the adhesive sticker safely collects your cellular material so it can be transported to DermTech’s onsite Gene Lab where laboratory scientists look at the molecular level for RNA and DNA that are linked to melanoma.
Results are shared with your dermatology provider within 3-5 days.
DermTech’s test can also be performed with a doctor’s order and remote sample collection (at your home) under clinician supervision.
In honor of Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month taking place this month, DermTech also launched its #Stickit2Melanoma campaign to urge people to get proactive about their skin exams. DermTech is pledging up to $1 million over the next four years to raise awareness about the importance of skin exams and making them accessible. For every #Stickit2Melanoma pledge to have a skin exam with a clinician, DermTech will make a $5 donation to its nonprofit partner organizations focused on skin health. To join #Stickit2Melanoma, schedule a skin exam with your doctor, take the pledge at www.DermTech.com/Pledge and encourage your community to do the same.
For more information visit: https://dermtech.com/.
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DermTech is the leading genomics company in dermatology and is creating a new category of medicine, precision dermatology, enabled by our non-invasive skin genomics platform. DermTech’s mission is to transform dermatology with our non-invasive skin genomics platform, to democratize access to high quality dermatology care, and to improve the lives of millions. DermTech provides genomic analysis of skin samples collected non-invasively using an adhesive patch rather than a scalpel. DermTech markets and develops products that facilitate the early detection of skin cancers, and is developing products that assess inflammatory diseases and customize drug treatments. For additional information on DermTech, please visit DermTech’s investor relations site at: www.dermtech.com.
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