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Are skin biopsies performed on conditions other than suspicious moles?

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Dr. Mark Checcone
Facial Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: There are many other types of suspicious lesions of the skin that could require biopsy to test for a malignancy (cancer). As a general rule, lesions that are increasing in size, changing color, or appearing more irregular at the borders should be biopsied.
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Skin biopsy: Skin biopsies are performed to determine the histopathology of the skin condition. This tells the type of rash a person has. Also there are many other types of growths besides moles such as precancerous actinic keratosis, and other skin cancers. Skin biopsies are essential for accurate diagnosis.

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Last updated May 15, 2014

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