How Is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

Q:
How is skin cancer diagnosed?

A:
When you suspect unusual moles on the skin are a sign of skin cancer, your care provider will refer you to a skin specialist (dermatologist). Here are methods the dermatologist may use to help make a diagnosis.

  • A doctor may use tools, such as MalaFind or dermatoscope, to scan the lesion. Then, pictures of the lesion will be present on a computer screen. Evaluation of the lesion to see whether it is cancerous will be done by the computer.
  • A doctor may take a sample of your skin and examine the lesion under a microscope.

You will go through more tests if you’re diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

Additional tests include:

  • A chest X-ray
  • Blood tests

Keyword: skin cancer diagnosis

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.