All potentially cancerous skin growths must be biopsied to confirm a cancer diagnosis. Depending on the suspected type of skin cancer, the biopsy techniques vary slightly but crucially.
Any potential melanoma requires a surgical biopsy, in which the entire growth is removed with a scalpel if possible. A pathologist then studies the sample under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present.
If melanoma is diagnosed, other tests may be ordered to assess the degree of cancer spread (metastasis)...
Your urine or bowel movement is black, and the blackness
is not caused by taking iron or Pepto-Bismol.
Watchful waiting, or surveillance, is a period
of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate for
melanoma. See your doctor if you have any suspicious changes in a
mole or other skin growth. Melanoma can be cured if it
is diagnosed early, before it grows or spreads.
Who To See
The following health professionals can
help diagnose melanoma: