Educational Resources

The best intervention for skin cancer is early detection and treatment, when the cancer is small and localized. A biopsy of skin is the first step with a suspected skin cancer and many other skin lesions and may be performed at any normal office visit by most healthcare practitioners. Identification of the type of skin tumor or lesion is crucial for proper treatment and is most accurately performed by a dermatopathologist.

To promote early detection and treatment of skin cancer and other skin lesions, KDL offers seminars on proper biopsy techniques and clinical recognition of potential malignancy.

  • Learn proper skin biopsy techniques
  • Learn to identify rashes and recognize when to biopsy
  • Learn to interpret dermatopathology results and incorporate into treatment plan

*Educational Materials Provided

KDL Download available (pdf):

In Office Punch Biopsy Procedure

Physician Education & Patient Teaching Materials

This section includes downloads and links to patient teaching materials that can help dermatologists in explaining procedures and other related basic information about dermatology and dermatopathology.

KDL is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does KDL endorse or guarantee the products, services or information found there.


Books for Dermatopathologists

Medical Journals:

Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Archives of Dermatology 
Journal of American Academy of Dermatology
Journal of American Medical Association
The American Journal of Dermatopathology
The Journal of Investigative Dermatology 
Modern Pathology

Online Medical Reference Text

E-Medicine Online Reference
Skin Cancer and Benign Tumor Image Atlas

Medical Library:

National Library of Medicine

Medical Societies:

American Academy of Dermatology
American Cancer Society
The American Society of Dermatopathology
College of American Pathologists
DermNET – New Zealand Dermatological Society
EPA’s SunWise School Program: Sun Protection Resources
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
Skin Cancer Foundation
Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia
The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
Tennessee Medical Association 
US Canadian Academy of Pathology

Patient Advocacy Groups & Disease Information:

American Porphyria Foundation 
American Skin Association, Inc.
BCCNS Life Support Network
Ehlers Danlos National Foundation 
Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America (DebRA)
Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (F.I.R.S.T) 
Inflammatory Skin Disease Institute (email)
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 
National Association for Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum
The National Cancer Institute (Melanoma Link) 
National Eczema Association for Science and Education (N.E.A.S.E) 

National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias 
National Marfan Foundation 
National Pemphigus Foundation 
National Psoriasis Foundation 
National Vitiligo Foundation 
National Vulvodynia Association 
Nevus Outreach, Inc. 
PXE International, Inc. 
Scleroderma Foundation 
Scleroderma Research Foundation
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation 
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society