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How is skin cancer diagnosed?

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Doctors usually diagnose skin cancer by doing a biopsy. You'll be awake for this short, in-office procedure.

First, you'll get some local anesthesia, which means it will numb just that area of your skin. Your doctor will then take a small sample of skin.

A specialist will check the sample under a microscope to see if it's cancer.

From: The Sun and Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

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National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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