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How is melanoma diagnosed?
21 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Learn your ABCD's
Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy.
Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy.

In brief: Learn your ABCD's
Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy.
Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Addagada Rao
always excision biopsy and also development of any dark spots under the nail bed.
Dr. Timothy Rodgers
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Skin Biopsy
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is diagnosed with a simple skin biopsy.

In brief: Skin Biopsy
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is diagnosed with a simple skin biopsy.
Dr. Timothy Rodgers
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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Skin biopsy
Melanoma is a skin cancer and is diagnosed by a skin biopsy.

In brief: Skin biopsy
Melanoma is a skin cancer and is diagnosed by a skin biopsy.
Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Skin biopsy
It is diagnosed with a small skin biopsy.

In brief: Skin biopsy
It is diagnosed with a small skin biopsy.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Skin checks & biopsy
Routine self skin checks, and dermatologist mole checks are essential in detecting suspicious lesions to biopsy.
Biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing melanoma.

In brief: Skin checks & biopsy
Routine self skin checks, and dermatologist mole checks are essential in detecting suspicious lesions to biopsy.
Biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing melanoma.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
In brief: Skin Biopsy
Melanoma generally appears as a brown or black patch, with shades of red or purple in it.
They may arise on their own or develop in a pre-existing mole. The best way to diagnose a melanoma is to see your dermatologist. He or she will perform a skin biopsy so that the tissue can be examined under the microscope to determine if the spot is indeed cancerous.

In brief: Skin Biopsy
Melanoma generally appears as a brown or black patch, with shades of red or purple in it.
They may arise on their own or develop in a pre-existing mole. The best way to diagnose a melanoma is to see your dermatologist. He or she will perform a skin biopsy so that the tissue can be examined under the microscope to determine if the spot is indeed cancerous.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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