What do atypical (or pre-cancerous) skin biopsy results mean? Many patients wonder if this should be cause for concern or just a warning sign. When interpreting atypical biopsy results it is important to understand the facts related to your specific health history, as not all diagnoses of atypical mean the same thing.
Medically speaking ‘atypical’ moles biopsied during a skin exam (most commonly a shave biopsy) are unusual-looking benign (noncancerous) moles. In atypical/precancerous results a pathologist sees abnormal features under the microscope but not enough to clinically diagnose the results as melanoma.
If the doctor removed all the margins of the atypical area (meaning the edges of the sample showed no precancerous cells) he/she will evaluate your medical history and create the appropriate plan moving forward, most likely suggesting your next skin exam in 6 months opposed to 12 (especially for those who have a personal or family history with melanoma).
If the margins in the sample were not clear and the degree of atypical was moderate to server the doctor may have you return for a further biopsy to make sure all atypical cells are removed, this is also likely if have a history of skin cancer.
Most melanomas arise in normal, not atypical, skin so unless you have a higher risk factor your result of atypical/precancerous is just a friendly nudge to perform self skin exams, be diligent about your sun safety and regularly see your dermatologist.
Over due for your appointment? Have a spot you’re suspicious of? Call today and make an appointment with our new medical dermatologist- Dr. Ashton Rountree.
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NOW Taking New Patients
Germain Dermatology of Mount Pleasant, S.C. is pleased to welcome dermatologist Ashton Rountree, MD, to the Germain Dermatology. Dr. Rountree will begin seeing patients on Tuesday, August 1 and is currently accepting new patients for all medical dermatology conditions.
Ashton Rountree, MD, is a native of Bainbridge, Georgia. She received a dual degree in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia. She earned her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, located in Macon, Georgia. After her internship in internal medicine, Dr. Rountree completed her residency in dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.
“Every year, Germain Dermatology continues to grow in both the medical and cosmetic fields of dermatology. Having Dr. Rountree join Germain Deramtology will allow us to better serve our patients as a whole.” said Dr. Marguerite Germain of Germain Dermatology, who has been voted Best Dermatologist for 14 years from the readers of Charleston City Paper.
Throughout each phase of Dr. Rountree’s academic and professional path, her passion and commitment to the field of medicine took her beyond her studies and job requirements. She has traveled abroad for medical philanthropic work in Belize, authored manuscripts in the dermatologic literature, and gave oral presentations at regional conferences. A testament to her patient-focused, competent and attentive practice, Dr. Rountree was named “Intern of the Year” during her internship in internal medicine.
Dr. Rountree is married to Dr. Coyt Rountree, chief resident in radiation oncology at MUSC. In her free time, Dr. Rountree enjoys spending time with her newlywed husband and their dogs, Cooper and Jack. She loves cooking, entertaining, gardening and spending time outdoors (all with appropriate sun protection, of course).
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rountree call (843)881-4440.
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