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Skin Cancer Tests
Suspicious of a mole, freckle or spot on your skin? Read about tests to expect during a visit with your doctor.

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Biopsy

If you or your dermatologist spot a suspicious-looking mole or freckle, your doctor may order a biopsy. In this process, a doctor will cut out a small section of it or remove the spot entirely and then send the tissue sample to a lab for testing. The biopsy helps detect the presence of skin cancer, as well as what type of skin cancer you may have.

There is a small risk of scarring with a biopsy. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your dermatologist may recommend additional testing, which can help determine the stage and extend of the disease.

Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
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Medically Reviewed by: Jennifer Monti, MD
Published: Apr 25, 2011
Published By: Healthline Networks, Inc.
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