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What exams and tests are used for skin cancer?

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Tests for skin cancer may include:

  • The doctor may use a handheld device called MelaFind to scan the lesion. A computer program then evaluates images of the lesion to indicate if it's cancerous.
  • A sample of skin (biopsy) will be taken so that the suspicious area of skin can be examined under a microscope. A biopsy can almost always be done in the dermatologist's office.

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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