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Would a non-dermatologist be able to diagnose skin cancer?

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Family practice doctors and general surgeons also do biopsies and send them to a pathologist.

In brief: Yes

Family practice doctors and general surgeons also do biopsies and send them to a pathologist.
Dr. Phillip Goebel
Dr. Phillip Goebel
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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics

In brief: Biopsy

Skin cancer is determined by the results of a biopsy.
A dermatologist is the most likely physician to do this test; however, a surgeon or other qualified physician could potentially do a skin biopsy and come up with the diagnosis.

In brief: Biopsy

Skin cancer is determined by the results of a biopsy.
A dermatologist is the most likely physician to do this test; however, a surgeon or other qualified physician could potentially do a skin biopsy and come up with the diagnosis.
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Dr. Neal Hakimi
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on whether the doctor is willing to perform a skin biopsy.
While a skin lesion may look like cancer, the only way to accurately diagnose it is to perform a skin biopsy.

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on whether the doctor is willing to perform a skin biopsy.
While a skin lesion may look like cancer, the only way to accurately diagnose it is to perform a skin biopsy.
Dr. Neal Hakimi
Dr. Neal Hakimi
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