The purpose of this research study is to determine if a very sensitive chemistry lab analyzer
can be used to smell a skin cancer (like melanoma) similar to some dogs.
Types of skin cancer, like melanoma, are likely to spread and are becoming increasingly
common. At this time, healthcare providers look at patient's skin and remove a sample of
suspicious areas of the skin (biopsy) to test for cancer.
This research study will inspect cotton and cloth swabs of normal skin and suspicious areas
of the skin that are going to be biopsied just before the biopsy. The swabs will be looked at
with a very sensitive chemistry lab analyzer to see if the lab analyzer can confirm
conventional lab test findings.
- 18 years of age or older
- Seen at the dermatology clinic & determined to need a skin biopsy of a suspicious
- < 18 years of age
Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD
The Jerome H. Modell, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology