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A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens during a skin cancer screening? do they take biopsy tests?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Depends: Most group screenings are set up to see many patients in a small time frame. If that is the case, suspicious lesions will be referred and biopsy done at another time. However, if you see a dermatologist in his/her office, you may have the biopsy done at the original office visit if needed.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history.
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