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What tests can diagnose skin cancer?

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If you think a mole or other skin lesion has turned into skin cancer, your doctor will probably refer you to a dermatologist. They'll examine any moles in question and, in many cases, the skin around it. Any lesions that are tough to identify, or are thought to be skin cancer, may be checked.

  • Tests for skin cancer include:Use of a handheld device called MelaFind to scan the lesion. A computer program then evaluates images of the lesion to indicate if it's cancer.
  • A sample of skin (biopsy) will be examined under a microscope. You may be able to get this done in a dermatologist's office.

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 20, 2019

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