Skin cancers

Shave biopsy popularity risks adverse outcomes

Shave biopsies are increasingly being used in the diagnosis of invasive melanoma, including intermediate thickness tumours, raising concerns about adequate staging of the disease. A study of 1,200 biopsies performed in Victoria in 2005, 2010 and 2015 showed a marked increase over time in use of shave biopsies as opposed to excisional biopsies. Shave biopsies ...

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