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How is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) diagnosed?

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Your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist who specializes in skin conditions. He will ask about your medical history, your history of severe sunburns or indoor tanning, any pain or symptoms you're having, and when the spot first appeared.

You'll have a physical exam to check the size, shape, color, and texture of the spot. The dermatologist will also look for other spots on your body and feel your lymph nodes to make sure they aren’t bigger or harder than normal. If your doctor thinks a bump looks questionable, he'll remove a sample of the spot to send to a lab for testing.

From: Squamous Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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