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Skin Cancer Biopsy Directory
A skin biopsy can be performed to determine if a skin abnormality is skin cancer or not. A small piece of tissue is taken and examined. There are several types of biopsies: shave biopsies, punch biopsies, incisional biopsies, and excisional biopsies. Your doctor will let you know which type you need. A small amount of pain may be experienced during the biopsy. Stitches, if needed, will remain in place for at least a few days and up to two weeks. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a skin biopsy is done, why it may be necessary, and what to expect.
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The Basics of Skin Biopsy
Learn more from WebMD about the different types of skin biopsies, a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is tested to diagnose skin cancer and other conditions.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Learn more from WebMD about basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, including its causes, symptoms, treatments, and prevention techniques.
Biopsy: Types, What to Expect, and Uses
WebMD explains types of biopsies and why they are performed.