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what are the tests for basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Examination, biopsy: Many basal cell carcinomas can be diagnosed by history and appearance. If there is doubt, a simple in-office biopsy can give a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Biopsy: The only test for basal cell cancer is a biopsy of the lesion. Doctors are looking for lesions that are red, ulcerated, slow to heal or irritated as a possible sign for basal cell carcinoma. There is no blood test.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Pathology via biopsy: The best method is to have a biopsy performed to establish a definitive diagnosis.

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